No, Amazon probably isn't walking away from NYC, and here's why

Posted February 10, 2019

Amazon.com Inc. managers have weighed alternatives to locating a corporate campus in New York City after local officials opposed the plan, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Amazon may be second-guessing its plan to build a new campus in New York City. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seemed elated by the news story.

The Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.

"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 of the sources told the paper.

"Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?" she wrote in a tweet.

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The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, reported that Amazon executives have had internal discussions to reassess the situation in ny and explore alternatives, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The newspaper on Friday said that opposition from local politicians may have caused Amazon to reconsider its deal to bring a second headquarters to Long Island City.

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

An Amazon spokesperson told Vox in a vague email statement, "We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders".

Ocasio-Cortez added at the time, "This isn't just about one company or one headquarters".

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Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents, touting the economic and jobs benefits of its NY expansion, trying to blunt opposition from some local lawmakers who said Amazon received too many tax and other benefits.

"We were invited to come to NY, and we want to invest in a community that wants us", Huseman said during his testimony.

The company's brass had to endure a series of hearings in the City Council in recent weeks, in which politicians blasted Amazon's record on labor issues and its refusal to accede to a unionization drive at its Staten Island distribution center. "I don't think anyone should assume that this is a fait accompli, and that this is a done deal", Johnson told Business Insider.

However, several NY politicians have been critical of the project and the roughly $3 billion in incentives NY agreed to provide.

He confirmed that he has not engaged in conversations revisiting Amazon bringing any part of HQ2 to South Florida since Amazon's final announcement was made. In Seattle, executives on multiple teams have been notified they'd have to relocate to NY, two other people said. In November, Amazon announced plans to expand the headquarters for the ecommerce giant to locations in Arlington, Va. and to Queens, N.Y. Each location would have about 25,000 highly paid workers. 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".

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The Post report came days after Democrats nominated State Senator Michael Gianaris, a vocal critic of the Amazon project, to the Public Authorities Control Board, which must unanimously approve the Amazon plan.