Amazon might be reconsidering its second headquarters in NY

Amazon might be reconsidering its second headquarters in NY

The Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported on Friday that the company is "reconsidering" its plan to place an office facility for up to 25,000 employees in Long Island City, Queens.

In response to a request for comment about the report today, an Amazon spokeswoman shared a brief statement: "We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors-small business owners, educators, and community leaders". Amazon's development proposal lays out plans for a 4-8 million-square-foot campus, but it has not yet leased or purchased office space for the project, which is not expected to receive final NY state approval until 2020. Each city was expected to have more than 25,000 workers over time.

It's likely the change of heart has to do with the intense backlash against the idea from New York City residents. Inside Amazon, all indications are that the company is moving full-steam ahead with the expansion, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Amazon may be second-guessing its plan to build a new campus in New York City. About $1.5 billion of the grants for HQ2 come from the state and could go before this board, and the way the board is structured, Gianaris would have an effective veto over those funds. It's had some success in the past blocking major projects. Even before these subsidies, New York City has been struggling to fund acceptable public transportation and affordable housing. "For the state Senate to oppose Amazon was governmental malpractice", he said.

"If Amazon doesn't come to NY, it's because of the political opposition".

Though the NYC mayor has advocated for the project since its inception, de Blasio may be feeling the heat from his constituents.

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"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves". Westin has helped rally opposition to the deal from labor unions, community groups and prominent politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district is adjacent to the proposed site. "It's not over, but I'm proud of the values we fought for". "We shouldn't offer them any incentives'".

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

State officials in Tennessee, where Amazon plans to add 5,000 jobs in Nashville, this week approved $15.2 million in road, sewer, and other improvements.

"The mayor fully expects Amazon to deliver on its promise to New Yorkers", De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said Friday.

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 company has also launched an aggressive mailer campaign to Queens residents "from your new neighbors at Amazon" to counter anti-Amazon flyers distributed by Gianaris.

"Structured in the right way, this type of development would bring tens of thousands of good-paying jobs to the South Side and provide an influx of new economic activity into some of Chicago's most disinvested neighborhoods".

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