Amazon may drop plan for New York HQ after local opposition


Amazon is reconsidering its New York Headquarters after fierce political opposition, according to a report.

Amazon put out a statement saying it's still trying to win over the local community - but didn't dispute Cuomo's assertion that it's considering backing out of the deal.

According to Amazon's press release, the company will also receive "performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion" for the creation of the jobs. The deal bypassed city council approval, adding to the consternation.

The announcement, however, was immediately by local NY politicians.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing back on resistance to a new Amazon campus in New York City, as word comes the online giant is considering pulling out of the deal. "The idea that we need to subsidize them in any way blows our mind".

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district spans parts of Queens and the Bronx, has also criticized Amazon.

Several other issues have inspired outrage over what critics call the #HQ2scam.

In a statement just days after the deal was first announced, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and state Sen.

"There is no business that brings 25,000 jobs", the governor said. "I would do that all day long", Cuomo said at a press conference in Long Island, where he was talking about the budget for the area.

Under grilling at a recent city council hearing - where he further angered critics by saying Amazon would oppose any effort by NY workers to unionize - company vice-president Brian Huseman dropped a veiled hint that the giant could pull out. The HQ2 project has actually split the city's labor movement.

Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says
Amazon reportedly rethinking HQ2 in New York City

Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union - which has worked to help unionize Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island - pointed the blame at Amazon.

The Spheres is an Amazon work site in Seattle.

Amazon can see its grasp on $2.808 billion in subsidies slipping away.

Such is not the case with the state Senate, however.

The relatively unknown board weighs in on any financing and land use deals that run through public authorities, which primarily include economic development projects.

They've questioned whether its "worth it" to build the campus if NY politicians are opposed, one source told the Post.

Amazon may be getting cold feet and be ready to backpedal out of its plan to build a new campus in New York City. Amazon was down 2.3 percent at $1,576.98 just before noon in NY. 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 a recent city council hearing, Brian Huseman, Amazon's VP for public policy, intimated that Amazon might be reconsidering its plans. "Amazon is a billion-dollar company". Even Michael Bloomberg is denouncing tax gifts to Amazon.

Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents, touting the economic and jobs benefits of its NY expansion, trying to blunt opposition from some local lawmakers who said Amazon received too many tax and other benefits. Deals that would receive nearly no scrutiny, like U.S. Steel winning $47 million in tax breaks from impoverished Gary, Indiana, now make headlines.

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