Amazon Rethinks NYC Headquarters in the Face of Growing Opposition

Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says

Amazon is said to be reconsidering its plans to open up a new campus in New York City's Long Island City neighborhood after facing backlash from local residents, according to a Washington Post report on Friday.

The Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, cited two sources familiar with the company who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Washington Post - citing two people who were familiar with company's thinking - said the company is considering pulling out of the deal after continually running into resistance from some local ny officials.

"Chicago was initially considered for Amazon's new headquarters and the economic opportunity is certainly welcome here", Preckwinkle was quoted as saying.

It can also apply for other tax incentives, such as New York City's Relocation and Employment Assistance Program that offers tax breaks potentially worth $900 million over 12 years.

The world's largest online retailer plans to spend $5 billion on the developments in Long Island City in New York's Queens borough, and in Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, D.C, and expects to get more than $2 billion in tax credits and incentives with plans to apply for more. "The idea that we need to subsidize them in any way blows our mind".

The source said the article could be a trial balloon for either side: It could be the NY community sending a signal to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, or it could be Bezos testing the waters.

The power struggle between Gov. Cuomo, the New York State Senate, and the Public Authorities Control Board is very much ongoing.

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On Friday, Cuomo reacted angrily when asked during a pre-planned, unrelated news conference about the possibility that Amazon might bail on NY. But as a resident of upstate NY, I couldn't help but be a little grateful that so many new jobs might be coming to boost the economy.

Amazon is reconsidering plans for a new headquarters in NY amid a torrent of public opposition.

Announced in November, the HQ2 locations in LIC and Crystal City, Virginia, marked the culmination of a nationwide pageant where cities across the country vied for Amazon's favor.

In one sign of opposition, artists spray-painted Amazon's logo - spelled "AMAZNO" - on streets near the proposed site.

"The change in scope - given jobs and investment were ultimately divided among multiple communities - further enhances Miami's opportunity to successfully deliver on the kind of partnership we know Amazon is looking for", he said. On Monday, New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins chose Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat who represents Long Island City, and one of the biggest critics of the Amazon deal, as one of three members of the board. "There is no (other) business that brings 25,000 jobs".

After receiving the bad news, Emanuel acknowledged that subsidies were at least a part of the reason why Chicago lost the Amazon sweepstakes. The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level.

In addition, community activists are organizing vocal protests, ramping up legal challenges and are convincing politicians who had previously supported the Amazon move to oppose it. Amazon has done so in Northern Virginia.

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