Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says

Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says

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

The shares initially dipped when the Washington Post report was posted Friday but then quickly gained back some of the loss.

According to a report in The Washington Post, two officials familiar with the company's strategy said that Amazon may not move forward with its proposition to bring 25,000 jobs to the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, given that local politicians and activists are fighting against the project. "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", said Amazon spokesman Jodi Seth.

Fast Company spoke to one of the leaders of the opposition, State Senator Michael Gianaris, earlier this week, about how he is waging a war against what he calls Amazon's "propaganda" in his constituents' mailboxes.

De Blasio argued in November that "this is a giant step on our path to building an economy in New York City that leaves no one behind".

The report, which cited unnamed sources, said Amazon executives have had discussions recently to rethink the company's plans for ny and consider alternatives.

Meanwhile, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo defended the deal Friday. Amazon chose the location anyway, since the city offered a large skilled-labor pool, and ample opportunities for spouses and partners of recruited hires to find employment to further their own careers, the person said. "Yes, they can", Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) declared on Friday in response to the news, which was met with glee by advocacy groups that have opposed the NY government's deal with Amazon since it was unveiled in November.

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"I don't think, in the end, there's a lot of public servants want to be responsible for losing 25,000 to 40,000 jobs", de Blasio said. "You're not there to play politics, you're there to do what's right for the people of the State of NY and what they did here is wrong".

Amazon can see its grasp on $2.808 billion in subsidies slipping away.

The Spheres is an Amazon work site in Seattle.

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district spans parts of Queens and the Bronx, has also criticized Amazon.

Supported by the NY governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, the plan has faced a torrent of opposition from elected officials, activists and unions, angry that the company is set to get up to $3bn in tax breaks and subsidies.

"If Amazon does not come to NY, it's because of the political opposition".

Critics also say the project would drive up rent and tax New York's already troubled transit system. The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level.

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