Amazon Pulls Out of New York City Plans After Backlash

15 February, 2019, 06:45 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • Why Amazon Gave New York City the Kiss-Off

Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against Amazon in the Long Island City section of the Queens borough of NY, U.S., February 14, 2019.

The state is losing a $2.5 billion investment and $10 billion in estimated long-term tax revenue. The Nashville office is expected to have 5,000 employees. But the online retailer eventually settled on splitting HQ2 between NY and National Landing in Arlington, Virginia - placing 25,000 employees in each location.

Amazon.com Inc's decision on Thursday to scrap its proposal to locate a second headquarters in the Queens borough of New York City ignited a sea of dueling reactions on Twitter, with some calling it a victory for working people while others said it meant that fewer people would work. Instead, the e-commerce giant will move forward with existing plans in Virginia and Nashville and continue to hire across its 17 tech hubs and corporate offices in the U.S. and Canada.

Amazon is reportedly looking for other options to build its headquarters, though the company remains publicly committed to sticking with New York City. The plan, which included nearly $3 billion in subsidies and tax breaks, provoked a grassroots backlash. Also, the state's Senate leader recently nominated an ardent critic of Amazon's deal to the state board that would have had control over Amazon's plan for Queens.

Amazon announced its plans for a new secondary campus late previous year, but said political reaction caused it to reconsider.

When Amazon announced its selection of the winning cities, it said part of the reason was that the Washington, D.C., and New York City areas stood the best chance of attracting the high-tech labor force needed.

"This whole process shows why Amazon would have been a bad partner for NY".

Polls had found that a majority of New Yorkers also supported Amazon's plan. Something that did not escape Gov. Cuomo.

Aisha Glover, chief executive of the Newark Alliance, which bid for the project with an incentives package of more than $5 billion from the state and city, had reached out to Amazon to make it clear "our goal is to make sure we keep it (HQ2) in the region", Glover told Barron's. And politicians are keen for Amazon to make Toronto its home away from home. "Defeating an unprecedented act of corporate welfare is a triumph that should change the way we do economic development deals in our city and state forever", said city councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, a Democrat who represents Long Island City.

More news: El Paso mayor: Trump 'wrong' to connect crime drop, barrier

"Either they are really good poker players or they were not aware", Greenberg said of the Amazon representatives.

"We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and almost $30 billion dollars in new revenue", Cuomo said, saying it could have gone towards things like schools and infrastructure.

CCN previously reported that Ocasio-Cortez, along with a variety of other local politicians and interest groups, had spearheaded resistance to Amazon's plan to place half of its second corporate headquarters in Long Island City.

Amazon is blaming local politicians for its shock decision to abandon plans to open a new headquarters in New York City - and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's vehement opposition appears to have been the main catalyst.

Those likely not excited about today's news include those in the Long Island City real estate business.

Amazon also said that it wasn't going to give up on NY altogether: "There are now over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams".

Amazon released a statement to The Times, which states that it is grateful to some local leaders - such as Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Mayor Bill de Blasio. The steadfast commitment and dedication that these leaders have demonstrated to the communities they represent inspired us from the very beginning and is one of the big reasons our decision was so hard.

But the plan has strong support from the population as a whole.

Recommended:



Popular

BATE Borisov v Arsenal: Emery to take another step towards glory
The playmaker has only managed three goals and one assist in 14 Premier League appearances this season. Then our next league game isn't until the 24th of February where we host Southampton at The Emirates.

Mickelson explains lack of emotion when playing with Casey
Open will be at Pebble Beach this year but Phil Mickelson does not think winning there on Monday will aid his Grand Slam chances. I would love nothing more than to add to it five months from now, but that's so far down the road.

Stars post birthday messages to Jennifer Aniston as actress turns 50
Jennifer Aniston recently turned 50 this year and even received a birthday wish from her former husband Justin Theroux . Brad Pitt actually made a surprise appearance at the Friends star's party, 13 years after their divorce.

Elizabeth Warren to make stop Sunday in Las Vegas
Donald Trump Jr. attends the 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. Warren purposely claimed to be an "American Indian" on her Texas State Bar registration card , which is fraud.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pushes for a Green New Deal in Congress
One student had a more serious view of the plan, saying, "if we didn't do that, we're going to be killing ourselves". Policy adviser to Ocasio-Cortez, Robert Hockett, said the FAQ page was a hoax.

Offset shares footage of Cardi B in delivery room
We've found the true star of the Grammy Awards: Cardi B's virtuoso pianist , composer and music education advocate, Chloe Flower . During the 2019 Grammys , the 27-year-old rapper announced plans to release his solo album and a documentary.

Virginia Democrats float impeachment against lieutenant governor
Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of having Sen. On Friday, Watson also came forward, alleging that he assaulted her when they were university students in 2000.

Joy Villa dresses as Trump's border wall at 2019 Grammys
Despite Trump claiming there's a crisis, border crossings on the southern border have been decreasing for years . However, she's primarily garnered headlines for her controversial and head-turning Grammys red carpet looks.

Blistering wind chill overnight then up to 40 cm of snow Tuesday
Tonight our next storm system brings snow to the area overnight. "Through Tuesday morning, 2-5" of snowfall for most of the area. Wednesday morning's drive will be changing back from rain to freezing rain and snow, but less of a problem than Tuesday morning.

MLB Proposed New '3-Batter Limit' Pitching Rule is Absolute Garbage
Major League Baseball wants pitch clocks and further restrictions on mound visits without pitching changes. The pitch-clock would penalize pitchers or hitters who stall between pitches with a ball or a strike call.