Amazon reconsidering New York HQ2 plan

Amazon expected it would face the biggest public backlash to a new headquarters in New York City, Bloomberg has reported. Sources "familiar with the company's thinking" told the Post that the reassessment comes following local opposition from politicians and activist groups.

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming", a person familiar with the company's plans told the Post.

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"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors-small business owners, educators and community leaders", the spokesperson said in an email.

Amazon has not yet closed deals on NY property and thus still has the chance to back away from its initial plan if it wants to.

But a report in the New York Times says Amazon has no plans to back out and Mayor Bill de Blasio's spokesman Eric Phillips said Friday, "the mayor fully expects Amazon to deliver on its promise to New Yorkers".

Amazon ramped up the speculation in 2018 over which location it would choose for its second headquarters in its high-profile search.

No specific plans to abandon the NY location has been made.

Supported by the NY governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, the plan has faced a torrent of opposition from elected officials, activists and unions, angry that the company is set to get up to $3bn in tax breaks and subsidies.

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A new rumor suggests the planned Amazon NYC headquarters is being reconsidered.

"We've been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this".

He confirmed that he has not engaged in conversations revisiting Amazon bringing any part of HQ2 to South Florida since Amazon's final announcement was made. "If Amazon's view is they'll only come here if they get $3bn of our dollars, then they shouldn't be here".

Late past year, newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against the company for getting tax breaks at a time when she bemoaned of crumbling infrastructure. It's not about picking a fight, either. "They arrogantly continue to refuse to meet with key stakeholders to address their concerns, despite requests from New York's top elected officials to do so".

The congresswoman celebrated The Post's report on Friday, tweeting, "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations? The Senate Democratic Majority Conference and our partners in the Assembly finally returned NY as the progressive beacon to the rest of the country". Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) also opposed Amazon's expansion there, telling the Fox Business Network that his goal was to see the deal "thrown into the garbage".

What appears to have happened here is that Amazon paid more attention to the incentives offered by NY than in making sure that the neighborhood they planned to occupy was a proper fit.

De Blasio argued in November that "this is a giant step on our path to building an economy in New York City that leaves no one behind".

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union President Marc Perrone said, "it is outrageous that Amazon is now essentially threatening New York City taxpayers to pay for its new headquarters or else it will leave town". The company said it will receive performance-based incentives of $1.525 billion from the state of NY, including an average $48,000 for each job it creates.

  • Darren Santiago