Amazon Pulls Out of New York City Plans After Backlash

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Her win galvanized the party's left flank, which mobilized against the deal. Depending on who's talking, either New Yorkers "threw the baby out with the bath water", or Amazon acted "like a petulant child". Loud criticism mounted quickly after the deal was announced, including from Ocasio-Cortez. "I was ready to work for those changes".

"Amen", Nixon responded back to Teachout.

"Defeating an anti-union corporation that mistreats workers and assists ICE in terrorizing immigrant communities is a victory".

"Today's behavior by Amazon shows why they would have been a bad partner for NY in any event", he said in a statement.

New York City officials have responded to Amazon's plans to ditch a Long Island City headquarters with contradictory - but equally fiery -statements.

Maybe this new sense of pragmatism is a good thing for the company, but after searching the continent and deliberating for so long, Amazon's apparent inability to anticipate and manage the opposition in NY makes the whole HQ2 process seem half-baked, and the abrupt cancellation makes the company seem wishy-washy.

Amazon announced in November that it had chosen the Long Island City section of Queens for one of two new headquarters, with the other in northern Virginia.


The letter also doesn't get into the fact that some of those running to succeed Emanuel when he leaves office this spring have been chilly to offering incentives to lure the company here.

Still, supporters including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that HQ2 would bring the region significant benefits, including economic diversity.

The governor ended the statement saying that New York's business climate remains and it would not be "deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State".

Never ones to miss out on an opportunity to soapbox about politics or make light of a current event, the folks of Twitter got to work.

But Amazon appeared unprepared for the level of vocal opposition in Queens, where the company's plans were slated near the district that elected Amazon critic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress.

Amazon had planned to spend $5bn on the two new developments and expected to get almost $3bn in tax credits and incentives, with plans to apply for more. "It was short-sighted and ultimately what's going to happen here?"

Hanway, who had pushed Amazon officials to provide concrete promises on the hiring and training of local residents, said he had mixed emotions about the company's decision to withdraw.


"A small group (of) politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community", he said.

Some 5,000 Amazon employees now work in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island.

Even after initial reports last week that Amazon was reconsidering its investment in New York, top city officials, including New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, expressed confidence that the deal would go through. 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.

Greenberg said he had been open to Amazon's arrival if it had led to improvements in infrastructure, but that "unanswered questions" continued to mount as time went on.

Amazon it does not plan to look for another location at this time, and will continue with plans to build offices in Arlington, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee.

"Thank you again to Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and the many other community leaders and residents who welcomed our plans and supported us along the way". We hope to have future chances to collaborate as we continue to build our presence in NY over time. We could hire out more teachers. We rely on your support to survive. How's this for dynamism: You want a piece of us?


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