Amazon reconsidering NYC headquarters after opposition

New York Is Having Second Thoughts About Amazon’s Second Headquarters

"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders", it said.

On Friday, the Emanuel administration reached out to Amazon after the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, reported that the company was reconsidering its decision to locate half of its second world headquarters in ny because of political resistance to the state's $2.8 billion incentive package.

"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 Amazon's plans told The Washington Post.

"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.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post report, but did circulate to reporters an editorial arguing that ny was running the risk of losing Amazon and that it would be bad news for the city if it did. 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)".

Amazon may end up deciding that its plan to split its East Coast HQ2 between NYC and Virginia isn't worth the trouble. Each project in NY and Virginia is expected to create 25,000 jobs.

"We are the only global city in America with the talent, tax favorable environment and tactical position to fit a global logistics company like Amazon", he said in a statement.

The Washington Post, which is also owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, reported the Seattle-based tech giant is reconsidering the plan and has not leased or purchased any office space for the project.

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A vocal critic, state senator Michael Gianaris, was this week appointed to a state board on which he would have veto power over the project.

Several local officials and newly elected Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district borders the NY site, opposed the Amazon deal.

"Don't know if they are actually thinking of leaving NY". 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.

Instead, the economic development plum of the century known as HQ2 - with a $5 billion investment and 50,000, six-figure jobs - would be divided between Crystal City, Va. and the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. The deal bypassed city council approval, adding to the consternation. No specific plans have been made to abandon the New York City headquarters so far. It was one of a handful of cities to receive a second visit by Amazon officials in August. The county board of supervisors has expressed strong support for the Amazon headquarters and is planning to pass a local incentive package in March.

Contrast the opposition in NY with the welcome in Virginia, and you can see why Amazon executives are reconsidering their choice.

The world's most valuable public company may not bring 25,000 new jobs to New York City after all, the Washington Post reports. Amazon has done so in Northern Virginia.

NY also offered up to $505 million in subsidies.

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