Amazon says it will not build a headquarters in New York following mounting opposition, the company said in a statement Thursday. Last week, The Washington Post first reported that Amazon executives were considering backing out of its planned move to New York City.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had warned at a news conference last week following the report that the local and regional leaders would have to answer to voters if Amazon did not ultimately bring its 25,000 jobs to the state.
Local and state leaders had voiced significant opposition after New York City and state had offered the company performance-based incentives amounting to nearly $3 billion. These leaders were not privy to the details of the deal until after Amazon had made its decision.
— CNBC (@CNBC) February 14, 2019
BREAKING: After saying it won’t build part of HQ2 in NYC, Amazon adds that it does not intend to re-open the search process and will only “proceed in northern Virginia and Nashville” at this time. https://t.co/SNZefATmEV
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) February 14, 2019
JUST IN: Amazon cancels plans to come to NYC.
Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth: “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens.” https://t.co/dCuujVrRuK pic.twitter.com/rHPLxHWErU
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 14, 2019