Amazon might be reconsidering its second headquarters in NY

Mae Love
February 9, 2019

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming", one person familiar with the company's plans told the Post.

Amazon is reconsidering plans to build their second headquarters in New York City, according to a report on the Washington Post.

If Amazon backtracks on its plans to build a second headquarters in NYC, it will be a pretty significant blow to the company, considering it held a highly-publicized contest of sorts to choose which American city would be the best place to house the new complex.

Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents, touting the economic and jobs benefits of its NY expansion, trying to blunt opposition from some local lawmakers who said Amazon received too many tax and other benefits.

Stuart Applebaum, the President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said that if the deal is to fall apart, Amazon only has themselves to blame.

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.

The report, which cited unnamed sources, said Amazon executives have had discussions recently to rethink the company's plans for ny and consider alternatives.

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The Washington Post - citing two people who were familiar with company's thinking - said the company is considering pulling out of the deal after continually running into resistance from some local ny officials.

Sources who are "familiar with the company's thinking" spoke to The Washington Post on Friday, and said the e-commerce giant might reconsider its deal in the face of vocal opposition to the deal. Multiple parties reached out to Amazon to make sure that they know Chicago would still want them. One point of contention could be Amazon's opposition to labor unions.

Cuomo defended the deal on Friday as the largest economic development the state had ever won and cited the Post story.

The Spheres is an Amazon work site in Seattle.

Van Bramer said he would be glad to see Amazon go. Michael Gianaris, whose district includes the proposed site-and who is an outspoken critic of the $3 billion in state and local tax breaks and subsidies Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio proffered to Amazon. "You're not there to play politics, you're there to do what's right for the people of the State of NY and what they did here is wrong".

"The mayor fully expects Amazon to deliver on its promise to New Yorkers", said his spokesman Eric Phillips in a statement.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo framed the original announcement as a tremendous job creation opportunity for the entire New York region. What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.

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