Cuomo pushing back on resistance to new Amazon campus in NYC

Cuomo pushing back on resistance to new Amazon campus in NYC

Rumor has it Amazon is thinking about walking away from its agreement to put its next headquarters in New York City.

The Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, cited two sources familiar with the company who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"No one knows for sure if (the article) is true, and Amazon has been pretty tight-lipped on if they have wandering eyes", the source said. Apparently, the online retailer has yet to rent office space in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City and is finding that more than a few locals would rather not see NY experience the prosperity that 25,000 new jobs might bring. The city council scrapped the tax about a month later. Amazon was down 2.5 percent to $1,574.34 at 12:24 NY. "For the state Senate to oppose Amazon was governmental malpractice", Cuomo said. "The idea that we need to subsidize them in any way blows our mind".

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who campaigned against the subsidy package, celebrated the news that Amazon may be reconsidering the whole deal. Amazon is already finding this out in its home city of Seattle, and it's running into opposition in NY because numerous people there don't think it fits. "There is no (other) business that brings 25,000 jobs". "I would do that all day long", Cuomo said at a press conference in Long Island, where he was talking about the budget for the area.

At the same time, the two people said company executives may be reaching an inflection point as they prepare for a third City Council hearing and a session of the state's Public Authorities Control Board, which typically would have to okay the project. The HQ2 project has actually split the city's labor movement.

But Stuart Appelbaum of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said Amazon had failed to address concerns voiced about the plan. Amazon has used the threat of slowing down its growth to win policy concessions in Seattle, where it's headquartered and employs tens of thousands of workers.

"The problem is the state Senate has adopted that position and that is what could stop Amazon". Michael Gianaris, a vocal Amazon critic, to a state board where he might nix the deal.

However, in the NY agreement, backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, Amazon got quite a deal.

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No specific plans to abandon the NY location has been made.

State officials in Tennessee, where Amazon plans to add 5,000 jobs in Nashville, this week approved $15.2 million in road, sewer, and other improvements.

The announcement, however, was immediately by local NY politicians.

Meanwhile, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo defended the deal Friday.

Amazon may also have a Plan B. One of the twenty finalists for HQ2 was Newark, New Jersey, just across the border from New York City. Participating organizations include Queens Neighborhoods United, Desis Rising Up & Moving, and the New York City Democratic Socialists.

The race for Amazon's HQ2 may not be over after all.

Amazon is set to get more than $1 billion in subsidies, which is a deal some state lawmakers are now balking at. Deals that would receive nearly no scrutiny, like U.S. Steel winning $47 million in tax breaks from impoverished Gary, Indiana, now make headlines.