Amazon HQ2 may not happen in NY after all, report says

Marco Green
February 9, 2019

The Post story said Amazon has not leased or purchased office space in NY. It cited two unnamed people familiar with the retailer's thinking.

"Unlike in Virginia-where elected leaders quickly passed an incentive package for a separate headquarters facility-final approval from NY state is not expected until 2020".

The congresswoman celebrated The Post's report on Friday, tweeting, "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?" Activists and other politicians, like New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have also expressed concern over how Amazon's arrival in Queens could raise rents, displace people, and strain an already-stressed subway system-not to mention the company's anti-union position in a pro-labor town.

However, according to a new report released Friday, Amazon is reconsidering its choice in ny.

Amazon's second headquarters may not be coming to New York City after all.

Instead, the economic development plum of the century known as HQ2 - with a $5 billion investment and 50,000, six-figure jobs - would be divided between Crystal City, Va. and the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. "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".

"Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be", an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement.

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. "I don't think anyone should assume that this is a fait accompli, and that this is a done deal", Johnson told Business Insider. It was one of a handful of cities to receive a second visit by Amazon officials in August.

In mid-November, Amazon made official the disappointing news Chicago had known for a week.

"Economic development has been badly broken in NY for some time", Teachout concluded, "but this proposed deal is grotesque in its scope and audacity".

"If somebody says to any New Yorker, 'I'll give you $30 billion if you'll give me $3 billion back, ' the answer is 'yes, of course, '" Gov. Cuomo recently said of the deal. The Seattle-based company also said that it expects to generate "incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years as a result of Amazon's investment and job creation". Embattled Virginia governor Ralph Northam, weathering a scandal over blackface pictures in his medical school yearbook, found time to quietly sign off on $750 million in subsidies for a 25,000-employee facility near Arlington, which the legislature advanced with little opposition.

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