Amazon Reportedly Reconsidering NYC HQ2 Over Backlash From Residents

Amazon Reportedly Reconsidering NYC HQ2 Over Backlash From Residents

Amazon Reportedly Reconsidering NYC HQ2 Over Backlash From Residents

But if it were to back out of the NY project, Amazon has plenty of options: More than a dozen other cities were in the running for HQ2.

The company is considering other options for the NY location, including relocating thousands of jobs to other areas and withdrawing altogether.

In November 2018, Amazon selected Queens and Arlington, Virginia, as the two sites for its second headquarters.

On the other hand, Amazon has significant backing in the form of Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

According to Amazon's press release, the company will also receive "performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion" for the creation of the jobs. About $1.5 billion of the grants for HQ2 come from the state and could go before this board, and the way the board is structured, Gianaris would have an effective veto over those funds.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic representative who has been outspoken against the Amazon deal, tweeted about the report that it is rethinking the project in ny, writing: "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?" One point of contention could be Amazon's opposition to labor unions. While he has yet to be confirmed, his position on the board would allow him to scrap Amazon's HQ2 deal.

Van Bramer opposes the deal while admitting the projected 25,000 jobs are important.

In a statement, Gimenez said he is ready to start things up again whenever Amazon is. He notes Google is coming to the city without a massive incentive package.

Amazon.com Inc is exploring alternatives to locating part of its new headquarters in NY in case the plan should fail due to local opposition, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.

Though, protests have been a near constant over the four months since Amazon announced its move to Queens. It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans. But locals have objected to the displacement they say the new center will bring and the added pressure it could put on the city's underfunded infrastructure.

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Amazon did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Any major multinational would have multiple reasons to expand in New York City, given its highly skilled workforce and status as a hub for the technology, entertainment and advertising industries-all areas where Amazon is expanding. When a corporation is anti-union, pro-ICE and seeks billions in corporate welfare, we must fight back.

"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.

The retailing giant had not yet purchased or leased any land for the project there, which would make it easy to leave, the unnamed individuals told the Post, which is owned by Amazon's Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.

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