Amazon Reconsidering New York City HQ2 Amid Backlash

Postado Fevereiro 09, 2019

The person briefed on the matter said that Amazon was still working toward winning approval from NY officials and had not given up on the proposal, but was considering potential alternatives to NY.

Amazon is reconsidering opening part of its second headquarters in NY after fierce opposition from lawmakers, according to a new report.

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. Nashville is getting a 5,000-person operations center, and though the city budget is so strapped public workers were denied a promised raise, this week officials passed a $15 million infrastructure grant for the area Amazon will occupy, the first of $117 million in subsidies for the project.

Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) also opposed Amazon's expansion there, telling the Fox Business Network that his goal was to see the deal "thrown into the garbage".

"Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be", the statement read.

Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents touting the economic benefits of its NY expansion.

The state's top 1 percent of income earners generate almost half of the state's income tax revenue, thanks to NY state's progressive tax code that taxes wealthier New Yorkers at a higher rate.

The Citibank building, the site of a new workplace for Amazon employees, is seen in Long Island City of the Queens borough of NY, U.S., November 14, 2018. "But not if that means that we're crushing unions, not if that means that we're terrorizing immigrants", Van Bramer said. Gianaris was recently nominated to a state board that has the power to veto the deal (though he has not yet been confirmed by staunch Amazon supporter Governor Cuomo).

"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 who spoke with The Post said. Multiple parties reached out to Amazon to make sure that they know Chicago would still want them. Westin has helped rally opposition to the deal from labor unions, community groups and prominent politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district is adjacent to the proposed site.

Critics also say the project would drive up rent and tax New York's already troubled transit system.

Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, are pushing for the Amazon deal after being instrumental in securing it.

Amazon was down 2.5 percent to $1,574.34 at 12:24 NY. The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level.