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Amazon might be reconsidering its second headquarters in NY

09 February 2019

Amazon may be reconsidering its plan to set up shop in New York City, according to a Washington Post report.

This past month, a leading critic of NY subsidies for Amazon's plan to build a second headquarters in Queens was nominated to serve on a state board with the power to reject the project.

Amazon has not yet closed deals on NY property and thus still has the chance to back away from its initial plan if it wants to.

Furthering Amazon's troubles is the recent nomination of one of its most outspoken critics, state Senator Michael Gianaris, to the Public Authorities Control Board.

The two have been at the forefront of the Amazon opposition, and most recently, Sen.

Although New York leaders like Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) praised the proposed move to the state, progressives like Ocasio-Cortez were outraged. During two hearings, the New York City Council - which isn't part of the approvals process for the project - has harshly criticized the plan, too.

Amazon.com Inc is exploring alternatives to locating part of its new headquarters in NY in case the plan should fail due to local opposition, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.

Van Bramer said he would be glad to see Amazon go. The company also said that it will "separately apply for as-of-right incentives including New York City's Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP) and New York City's Relocation and Employment Assistance Program (REAP)". But the only South Side site to which the Amazon team returned for multiple site visits was the South Loop mega-site known as "the 78".

Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union - which has worked to help unionize Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island - pointed the blame at Amazon. "A major problem is the way the deal was put together, shrouded in secrecy and ignoring what New Yorkers want and need".

Nearly immediately after Seattle-based Amazon announced previous year that it chose Long Island City as one of two sites to build new corporate offices, a backlash emerged from lawmakers and community organizers in the Empire State. When a corporation is anti-union, pro-ICE and seeks billions in corporate welfare, we must fight back.

Cuomo's office then released a copy of legislation introduced on February 5 by Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris (D-Queens) that would allow New York City - not Albany - to impose a tax surcharge on city wealthy residents to help fund mass transit improvements and provide reduced fares for low-income New Yorkers.

"I don't think, in the end, there's a lot of public servants want to be responsible for losing 25,000 to 40,000 jobs", de Blasio said.

"The company has not leased or purchased office space for the project, making it easy to withdraw its commitment", the Post continued.

Amazon might be reconsidering its second headquarters in NY