Amazon is rethinking its plans to bring 25,000 jobs and a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens after local activists and state lawmakers voiced staunch opposition to the company’s deal with New York, reports the Washington Post, citing two people familiar with Amazon’s thinking. The backdrop: While Amazon has had smooth processes in Virginia and Tennessee — the other sites for HQ2 — the company has fielded harsh criticism for the $3 billion tax breaks it is expected to receive from New York.
This would be very bad for Andrew Cuomo & Bill de Blasio. But it would be a huge victory for City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and state Sen. Michael Gianaris, who have strongly opposed the Amazon move. (Many Queens residents would probably be happy too.) https://t.co/PbmaAfN0ES
— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) February 8, 2019
“Key officials, including freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district borders the proposed Amazon site, have rallied against the project. And opponents went door-to-door to warn people in Queens of looming rent hikes and displacement …” https://t.co/6ZyImmwbuo
— Bill Kuchman (@billkuchman) February 8, 2019