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Amazon HQ2 may not happen in NY after all, report says

10 February, 2019, 07:42 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says

"For the State Senate to oppose Amazon was governmental malpractice". One of the people said a complete pullout from the project in Queens was unlikely.

The company has held internal meetings to assess the situation in NY, where elected officials, labor leaders, and community activists are mounting a resistance to the project, two anonymous sources told The Post.

The company has not leased or purchased office space for the headquarters, which would make it easy to withdraw their commitment, the report says.

It's possible the reported threat to leave could be a negotiating tactic, the Post said. It cited two unnamed people familiar with the retailer's thinking. The company also said that it will "separately apply for as-of-right incentives including New York City's Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP) and New York City's Relocation and Employment Assistance Program (REAP)".

A critic of the plan, Queens lawmaker Senator Michael Gianaris, was appointed to a state senate panel that has the power to block Amazon's campus, local media including the New York Times have reported.

But people were divided when asked about the almost $3 billion financial incentives on offer, with 46% supporting them versus 44% who opposed the package.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, a supporter of the deal who offered to change his name to Amazon Cuomo if the company agreed to choose New York City, would have to approve Gianaris, but that would create a standoff between the governor and the legislature, reflecting the tensions that have accompanied the Amazon deal.


Alphabet Inc's Google said in December it would invest more than $1 billion on a new campus in NY, becoming the second major technology company to pick America's financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs. "If they stop Amazon from coming to NY, they're going to have the people of NY to explain it to", he said on Friday, according to Capital Tonight reporter Nick Reisman. A representative for Amazon did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment.

"Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations? Yes, they can", she tweeted on Friday. Amazon.com-which chose to split its upcoming second headquarters between NY and Arlington, Virginia, after a highly publicized yearlong search-is said to be reconsidering the NY move.

City council speaker Corey Johnson told local radio he is looking at subsidies for Amazon and that the plan is not yet final.

Amazon, run by the world's richest person, was also eligible for tax breaks intended for poor neighborhoods, contributing to the local outrage.

The deal hasn't closed yet. No specific plans have been made to abandon the New York City headquarters so far.

"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves", he said in a statement.

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.

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