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

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Amazon is re-evaluating its decision to build a campus in New York City, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two anonymous sources.

He didn't mention them by name, but Cuomo clearly was referring to Gianaris and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), who nominated Gianaris to the state Public Authority Control Board that must review the Amazon project. "It is irresponsible to allow political opposition to overcome sound government policy", said Cuomo.

"We were invited to come to NY, and we want to invest in a community that wants us", Huseman said during his testimony.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio support Amazon's plan. At a recent panel discussion about lessons learned from the process, Mike Finney, president and CEO of the Beacon Council, did not mention any specific feedback he'd received from Amazon officials about South Florida's bid The event was sponsored by the Miami Herald. This will include a refundable tax credit, through the state's Excelsior Program, of up to $1.2 billion over the next 10 years.

New York City and the state at large pledged $2.5 billion in tax breaks for Amazon to build its headquarters in the city, arguing that the projected 25,000 jobs the company would bring to the state were worth it.

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And not everyone has jumped to lay out the welcome mat. Michael Gianaris-a fierce Amazon critic-was named to a board that has the power to veto the agreement.

Whatever the outcome, Amazon's gambit shows how much the HQ2 sweepstakes has backfired.

"Structured in the right way, this type of development would bring tens of thousands of good-paying jobs to the South Side and provide an influx of new economic activity into some of Chicago's most disinvested neighborhoods".

"Why should we subsidize the creation of 25,000 Amazon jobs when Amazon's entire business model seeks to eliminate millions of retail jobs", he said. He notes Google is coming to the city without a massive incentive package.

Chicago and IL officials reached out to Amazon on Friday in a renewed effort to win a 25,000-job campus that would serve as part of the tech behemoth's second headquarters. Council Speaker Corey Johnson criticized Amazon last week for pitting workers against one another.

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"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. "If they stop Amazon from coming to NY, they're going to have the people of NY to explain it to", he said on Friday, according to Capital Tonight reporter Nick Reisman.

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". "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".

"Since the Governor and the Mayor announced the Amazon deal, I have joined many to fight it".

But people were divided when asked about the almost $3 billion financial incentives on offer, with 46% supporting them versus 44% who opposed the package.

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