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· Amazon may be rethinking proposed N.Y. headquarters due to outcry
· With Amazon Move To NYC In Question, Critics Go Door-To-Door To End The Deal
· NY gov raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking
· 'Yes they can!' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates as Amazon 'considers pulling plug on New York HQ' after public backlash against company tax cuts
Amazon may be rethinking proposed N.Y. headquarters due to outcry
February 10, 2019
It seems as though word about Seattle’s experience with Amazon made it New York, and while many Seattleities are panicking about the winter storm, New Yorkers are doing the same over the potential arrival of the giant online retailer.
According to a report by the Washington Post, Amazon executives have gotten the jitters over building a new campus in New York City that would bring 25,000 jobs.
This is following an outcry from a few local politicians and advocacy groups, who are opposed to massive incentive packages as well as the potential impact on the local community. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio supported the move, however.
No ground has been broken and no office space purchased, and final approval isn’t expected until 2020, so it wouldn’t be difficult for Amazon to reverse their decision and hightail it out of there. It would be in the case of Virginia — the other HQ2 golden ticket winner — where local leaders have already passed a vast incentive package.
Amazon is placing one HQ in Long Island City (in the borough of Queens in New York City) and another in Crystal City, Virginia (in Arlington County).
Many have looked to Seattle as patient zero for the footprint the giant retailer leaves. According to Builder...
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With Amazon Move To NYC In Question, Critics Go Door-To-Door To End The Deal
CBS New York
February 9, 2019
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Is Amazon coming or going?
New reports on Saturday claim the company might be having second thoughts about moving to Queens. Meanwhile, another report says Amazon won’t back out of their agreement with Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio.
Fueled by the news – and still angered by the billions in tax breaks the retail giant was promised behind closed doors – people around Long Island City voiced their opposition to the pending deal.
Anti-Amazon flyers went on doors Saturday and petitions were circulated calling for the HQ2 campus deal to die.
State Senator Michael Gianaris and two New York City councilmembers led the charge in saying they oppose the deal.
“We believe it’s important to knock on doors, talk to people face-to-face, and explain to them why this is a bad deal for Queens,” Sen. Gianaris said.
The political opposition stems from the city’s $2.8 billion in incentives promised to the trillion-dollar company. Local leaders are also concerned that the incoming jobs would be non-union.
“Amazon and their business practices and corporate culture are inconsistent with your city values,” city councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told supporters Saturday.
Van Bramer, and Council Speaker Corey Johnson, have already grilled Amazon executives over the sweetheart deal they agreed to without the city council’s input in December.
The Vernon Boulevard merchants CBS2’s Dave Carlin heard from said they are counting on Amazon coming here for the survival of their businesses.
“We’re about to be the luckiest city in America to have 25,000 jobs,” Donna Drimer argued...
NY gov raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning about what he calls "political pandering" to critics of Amazon's proposed secondary headquarters amid a report that the company is reconsidering its planned New York City headquarters.
By Jennifer Peltz and David Klepper, Associated Press
via ABC News - Feb 8, 2019
NEW YORK —
Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Friday about what he called "political pandering" to critics of Amazon's proposed secondary headquarters amid a report that the company is reconsidering its planned New York City headquarters.
But opponents said they'd keep fighting a project they consider corporate welfare.
The back-and-forth came after The Washington Post reported that Amazon is having second thoughts because of some local politicians' opposition to the nearly $3 billion incentive package. The report cited two unnamed people familiar with the company's thinking.
In response, Amazon would say only that it's engaging with small business owners, community leaders and educators, pointing to its pledges to fund high school computer science classes and contribute to job training.
"We are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be," the Seattle-based company said in a statement.
Noting the Post's report, Cuomo accused the state Senate — whose leader recently tapped an Amazon critic for a board that might have sway over the project's subsidies — of "governmental malpractice" and siding with those who are "pandering to the local politics."
"And that's what could stop Amazon," he said at an unrelated event on Long Island. "I've never seen a more absurd situation where political pandering, and obvious pandering, so defeats a bona fide economic development project."
"It is irresponsible to allow political opposition to overcome sound government policy," he said.
Cuomo and the Senate leadership are Democrats, as are many of the deal's critics...
'Yes they can!' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrates as Amazon 'considers pulling plug on New York HQ' after public backlash against company tax cuts
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated news Amazon is reconsidering opening a New York location, urging 'everyday people' to continue opposing the company
Amazon announced in November it would have two new headquarters, one outside DC in Virginia and one in Long Island City, Queens
Some local lawmakers said Amazon received too many tax and other benefits
Under the plan, Amazon would receive performance-based incentives of $1.525 billion from the state, including an average $48,000 for each job it creates
Governor Andrew Cuomo lambasted New York Senators on Friday saying the resistance shown by lawmakers is a 'governmental malpractice'
Amazon has denied the claims to CNN, saying they remain dedicated to the project and proving to local residents what benefits they'll bring
By Luke Kenton For Dailymail.com (UK) and Leah Simpson and Reuters
8 February 2019
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated news that Amazon may be reconsidering building a headquarters in New York City after a furious backlash over the purported tax breaks they would receive.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, had been a strong opponent of the plans, citing the rent hikes and local displacement as seen around the tech firm's headquarters in Seattle, as grounds for why the city should reject the proposal.
After a litany of local opposition, Amazon is now said to be considering pulling the plug on its plans to open a new headquarters in the Queens borough, potentially jeopardizing 25,000 new jobs in the city.
Ocasio-Cortez responded, tweeting: 'Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations? Yes, they can.'
Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents touting the economic and employment benefits of its New York expansion hoping to blunt opposition, but protests still persisted.
A critic of the plan, Queens state Senator Michael Gianaris, was appointed to a panel charged with approving the new Amazon campus, and has the power to block the plan.
Last week, city council members challenged Amazon company executives for a second time at a public hearing where activists jeered and booed holding anti-Amazon placards.
Cuomo lambasted Gianaris and other members of the New York Senate for their short-sighted view of Amazon's potential impact on the borough and beyond.
'For the State Senate to oppose Amazon, was governmental malpractice. 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,' he said.
'I've never seen a more absurd situation where political pandering and obvious pandering so defeats a bonafide economic development project.
'We incentivized Amazon to come, as we incentivize every big business to come. You know what the incentive package was? We get $27 billion in revenue, they get $3 billion back.
'I would do that all day long.'
At the outset of its search last year, Amazon said it was looking for a business-friendly environment...