Amazon reconsiders NYC headquarters location

New York Is Having Second Thoughts About Amazon’s Second Headquarters

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 is having second thoughts about plans to build a massive office in New York City, according to a new report from The Washington Post. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seemed elated by the news story.

The retailing giant had not yet purchased or leased any land for the project there, which would make it easy to leave, the unnamed individuals told the Post, which is owned by Amazon's Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.

On the flip side, Virginia and Tennessee officials have signed off on incentives and infrastructure packages related to Amazon offices in those states.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a link to the Post story on Friday and said: "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?"

Speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not at liberty to discuss the plans publicly, the people said Amazon executives have had discussions inside the company to reassess the situation in NY and explore other locales.

"They arrogantly continue to refuse to meet with key stakeholders to address their concerns, despite requests from New York's top elected officials to do so".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who helped bring the project to his state, on Friday offered his support for Amazon and called out local politicians for opposing the plan.

"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders", it said.

As part of the deal, Amazon would stand to receive "performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion" for creating the 25,000 jobs in Long Island City.

Cuomo has promoted the 25,000 jobs Amazon is expected to bring to New York City.

"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 Post source said.

"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.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union President Marc Perrone said, "it is outrageous that Amazon is now essentially threatening New York City taxpayers to pay for its new headquarters or else it will leave town". But opponents say they'll keep fighting a project they consider corporate welfare. The announcement ended a year-long, high-stakes competition to win thousands of high-paying tech jobs, in which Chicago was among 20 finalists. Amazon also selected Nashville to host a 5,000-person "center of excellence" for its operations business.

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