Amazon reportedly reconsidering NY location amid growing resistance movement

Galtero Lara
Febrero 9, 2019

In response to a request for comment, Amazon appeared to commit itself to the NY project, though didn't explicitly say so.

To that end, Amazon has been issuing statements to media outlets telling them that the company has no plans to remove themselves from the deal and said "Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce 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".

"And if they stop Amazon from coming to New York, they're going to have the people of New York State to explain it to".

At a contentious City Council meeting last week, Amazon's public policy director Brian Huseman touted the deal's benefits for the city, but also said that Amazon wants to invest in a "community that wants us". "The idea that we need to subsidize them in any way blows our mind". Even before these subsidies, New York City has been struggling to fund acceptable public transportation and affordable housing. Plus, adding 25,000 high-paying jobs to this corner of Queens will only make gentrification worse, activists warn.

However, with all its critics, Amazon still has two very powerful supporters: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The HQ2 project has actually split the city's labor movement. But the only South Side site to which the Amazon team returned for multiple site visits was the South Loop mega-site known as "the 78".

"Bezos is one of those guys who doesn't like to lose, so does he fight it and win it or does he just (go) elsewhere?" the source said. This week, the State Senate recommended the appointment of Sen. This will include a refundable tax credit, through the state's Excelsior Program, of up to $1.2 billion over the next 10 years. "I am against the deal that has been proposed and don't believe that it can form the foundation of a negotiation", Gianaris recently told the New York Times.

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"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", one person familiar with the company's plans told the Post.

The source said New Jersey officials have told Amazon that Newark would be the most logical spot to relocate, since so many of Amazon's officials involved in the move already are familiar with the area.

Cuomo slammed the possibility that Amazon would pull out, blaming "political opposition". The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level.

The report, which cited unnamed sources, said Amazon executives have had discussions recently to rethink the company's plans for ny and consider alternatives. The company could certainly skip over to Newark and re-open talks to place its offices there, if only to loosen resistance in New York City.

Whatever the outcome, Amazon's gambit shows how much the HQ2 sweepstakes has backfired. Even Michael Bloomberg is denouncing tax gifts to Amazon.

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