Ocasio-Cortez cheers as Amazon reportedly reconsiders NY HQ after fierce opposition

Ocasio-Cortez cheers as Amazon reportedly reconsiders NY HQ after fierce opposition

Amazon has not yet returned a request for comment from Fox News, but it did tell TechCrunch it is "focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders".

But after winning one of two so-called HQ2 bids in November-and its 25,000 jobs-New York is reconsidering because of opposition from local politicians, according to a report in the Washington Post citing two people familiar with the situation.

But another source familiar with Amazon's thinking disputed the report, telling The New York Times, "I think that's a bit far in my opinion".

Unions, which have organized most of the deal opposition on the grounds that e-commerce destroys traditional retail jobs, said the Washington Post report suggests Amazon is threatening to pull the plug on the efforts to pressure ny politicians and galvanize support. The report notes that no plans to officially abandon NY have been made, though there is expected to be a third City Council hearing on the matter later this month.

Amazon is moving forward with plans to construct another headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, near the nation's capital.

He also accused the Senate Democratic leadership of trying to scuttle the $3 billion incentive deal with Amazon to open a new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.

"This whole thing has been bungled since day one by the mayor and the governor and Amazon", he said.

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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. It must be approved unanimously by the state Public Authorities Control Board. "For the state Senate to oppose Amazon was governmental malpractice", he said.

An article in the New York Times concerning Cuomo's reaction to Amazon's potential pullout casts doubt on such a move, noting that Amazon doesn't really have a backup. It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans.

The company, which announced previous year that it had chosen a site in Long Island City to house 25,000 employees, has not leased or purchased office space for the project yet, making it easy to withdraw the commitment, according to the Washington Post.

City council speaker Corey Johnson told local radio he is looking at subsidies for Amazon and that the plan is not yet final. The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level.

In addition to raising concerns about the tax breaks given to Amazon, critics have noted that the company has said it would not support employees who seek to unionize.

"Structured in the right way, this type of development would bring tens of thousands of good-paying jobs to the South Side and provide an influx of new economic activity into some of Chicago's most disinvested neighborhoods". Amazon has done so in Northern Virginia. It took a year to choose NY as one of its next destinations.

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