Amazon reconsiders NY headquarters over local opposition

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Shawn Dixon (left) worries about his neighborhood and business when Amazon comes to town.

However, according to a story in The Washington Post, the level of local opposition to the new headquarters is causing executives at Amazon to reconsider the ny location.

"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 person familiar with Amazon's plans told The Washington Post.

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia have been so welcoming", a source familiar with the matter told the Post.

Reached for comment, an Amazon spokesperson simply reiterated that it is committed to engaging with its "new neighbors".

Equally important is to make sure that whatever you plan to build in a location fits into the character of that location.

Amazon is moving forward with plans to construct another headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, near the nation's capital.

But if it were to back out of the NY project, Amazon has plenty of options: More than a dozen other cities were in the running for HQ2. "Because it is so ironic for Amazon, after they spent one year with everyone seducing them, and everyone courting them, we win and then there's political opposition".

The Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.

The relatively unknown board weighs in on any financing and land use deals that run through public authorities, which primarily include economic development projects. The company ultimately chose to split the second headquarters between New York City and northern Virginia.

All of this has Amazon wondering if picking NY was the right thing to do. "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".

Cuomo has promoted the 25,000 jobs Amazon is expected to bring to New York City. On Monday, New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins chose Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat who represents Long Island City, and one of the biggest critics of the Amazon deal, as one of three members of the board.

Of course, Amazon has heavily researched other cities and may still be in conversation with some of them for potential future sites.

According to The Post, Amazon has yet to sign a lease for office space or lock itself into anything legally binding it to its commitment to put HQ2 in New York City. The state gave them massive tax breaks to try to keep them around, gutting the local government's budget and shifting to burden to the taxpayers, but the company wound up nearly entirely leaving anyway. Council Speaker Corey Johnson criticized Amazon last week for pitting workers against one another.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who campaigned against the subsidy package, celebrated the news that Amazon may be reconsidering the whole deal. "It's setting a bad precedent", Carlo Scissura, president and CEO, New York Building Congress, told CNN Business on Friday.

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