Amazon is reportedly reconsidering NY for HQ2

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Citing two anonymous sources familiar with the company's thinking, the Washington Post reported on Friday that Amazon "is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City following a wave of opposition from local politicians".

A recent Amazon-commissioned poll shows that about 69% of registered voters in NY approve of the deal, but The Washington Post's report reveals that the vocal opposition may be enough to convince Amazon that it makes more sense to put its headquarters in a city that wants it.

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.

"For the state senate to oppose Amazon was governmental malpractice", Cuomo said. 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.

Though, both the governor and the mayor continue to fully support the deal to bring the tech giant to New York City.

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

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Earlier, the Post, which is owned by Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, reported that Amazon executives had had internal discussions to reassess the situation in ny and explore alternatives.

Mayor Bill DeBlasio, who helped craft the HQ2 deal behind closed doors, expressed confidence that Amazon would still come to the city. One point of contention could be Amazon's opposition to labor unions. Multiple parties reached out to Amazon to make sure that they know Chicago would still want them. 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).

"Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations", freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter with a link to The Post's report. Council Speaker Corey Johnson criticized Amazon last week for pitting workers against one another. The company said it will receive performance-based incentives of $1.525 billion from the state of NY, including an average $48,000 for each job it creates.

For his own part, Cuomo said at the time, "New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in USA history".

Under grilling at a recent city council hearing - where he further angered critics by saying Amazon would oppose any effort by NY workers to unionize - company vice-president Brian Huseman dropped a veiled hint that the giant could pull out. 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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