Amazon may end NYC headquarters plans due to backlash

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

However, according to a story in The Washington Post, the level of local opposition to the new headquarters is causing executives at Amazon to reconsider the ny location. "Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through work force training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be", company spokeswoman Jodi Seth told The Post when asked if the New York deal was at risk of failing.

Amazon may be second-guessing its plan to build a new campus in New York City. But the local legislature is powerless to stop the Long Island City campus from advancing, since Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Empire State Development has put the development into a "general project plan", which bypasses municipal zoning and land use regulations.

Fearful of losing almost $3 billion in subsidies for its expansion in New York City, Amazon has moved to a new strategy, one involving threats. "It is irresponsible to allow political opposition to overcome sound government policy". But it's not for nothing that Amazon wants to be in NY.

Amazon said it would bring 25,000 full-time high-paying jobs, approximately $2.5 billion in Amazon investment and eventually 8 million square feet of office space to Long Island City as part of its investment announced in November.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has touted the deal to bring Amazon to NY, criticized state Democrats. The Seattle-based company also said that it expects to generate "incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years as a result of Amazon's investment and job creation". 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.

Amazon expected it would face the biggest public backlash to a new headquarters in New York City, Bloomberg has reported.

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

And not everyone has jumped to lay out the welcome mat. NY residents fear the same will happen to them. Michael Gianaris said the deal gives massive corporate welfare from scarce state dollars to one of the wealthiest corporations in the world. One point of contention could be Amazon's opposition to labor unions. Protesters have become increasingly vocal, flipping some politicians who were originally for HQ2 against it. Opponents are taking issue with the lucrative subsidies offered to Amazon, and the impending strain the new operation could place on infrastructure and affordability.

Van Bramer opposes the deal while admitting the projected 25,000 jobs are important.

No specific plans to abandon the NY location has been made. The financial incentives NY lavished on Amazon to lure the company there also troubled some liberals. It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a link to the Post story on Friday and said: "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?"

"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves", said Stuart Applebaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

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