Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Money | By Bruce West

Amazon may be rethinking plans for New York City headquarters

Amazon may be rethinking plans for New York City headquarters

Amazon is said to be reconsidering its plans to open up a new campus in New York City's Long Island City neighborhood after facing backlash from local residents, according to a Washington Post report on Friday.

"If Amazon is reconsidering getting out of its plan to open a headquarters in NY, as has been reported by the Washington Post, we welcome the opportunity to talk further with the e-commerce giant", he said Friday.

Sources "familiar with the company's thinking" told the Post that the reassessment comes following local opposition from politicians and activist groups.

Meanwhile, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic representative from NY who has been one of the most vocal critics of Amazon, saw the news of a potential withdrawal as a victory.

Equally important is to make sure that whatever you plan to build in a location fits into the character of that location. Reportedly, Amazon is already considering either moving the entire East Coast headquarters to Virginia, or to other cities that were on the Amazon short list.

"Multibillion-dollar corporations and billionaires like Jeff Bezos should not be threatening New Yorkers or expect any American taxpayers to foot the bill for opening a new headquarters - whether it's in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, or anywhere else".

"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves", he said in a statement.

The source said the article could be a trial balloon for either side: It could be the NY community sending a signal to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, or it could be Bezos testing the waters.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo helped to negotiate the deal between the city and Amazon and could refuse Gianaris' appointment to the Public Authorities Control Board; but in doing so could create a standoff with the rest of his fellow Democrats.

"Don't know if they are actually thinking of leaving NY". "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 neighbour we will be".

The company, which announced past 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.

Contrast the opposition in NY with the welcome in Virginia, and you can see why Amazon executives are reconsidering their choice. But the only South Side site to which the Amazon team returned for multiple site visits was the South Loop mega-site known as "the 78". He further added that Amazon wanted to "be part of the growth of a community where our employees and our company are welcome". The selections came after a year-long competition with hundreds of cities vying for Amazon's favor.

Though, both the governor and the mayor continue to fully support the deal to bring the tech giant to New York City. Amazon has done so in Northern Virginia. Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

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