Amazon is reportedly reconsidering NY for HQ2

Roman Schwartz
February 9, 2019

The Post report came days after Democrats nominated State Senator Michael Gianaris, a vocal critic of the Amazon project, to the Public Authorities Control Board, which must unanimously approve the Amazon plan.

Conversely, state officials in Virginia, which won the other headquarters bid, and Tennessee have quickly embraced their awarded bids with incentive packages.

The Washington Post - citing two people who were familiar with company's thinking - said the company is considering pulling out of the deal after continually running into resistance from some local ny officials. The report cited two people familiar with the company's thinking.

The announcement, however, was immediately by local NY politicians.

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

"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", the statement read.

Amazon shares closed down 1.6 percent on Friday. Nashville is getting a 5,000-person operations center, and though the city budget is so strapped public workers were denied a promised raise, this week officials passed a $15 million infrastructure grant for the area Amazon will occupy, the first of $117 million in subsidies for the project. They say the influx could push out existing residents and add to congestion on the already overcrowded subway.

"I would be happy not to have them", said Terri Gloyd, the co-owner of the LIC Corner Cafe.

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In a statement, Gimenez said he is ready to start things up again whenever Amazon is.

New York City and the state at large pledged $2.5 billion in tax breaks for Amazon to build its headquarters in the city, arguing that the projected 25,000 jobs the company would bring to the state were worth it.

In a recent city council hearing, Brian Huseman, Amazon's VP for public policy, intimated that Amazon might be reconsidering its plans.

The two have been at the forefront of the Amazon opposition, and most recently, Sen.

In one sign of opposition, artists spray-painted Amazon's logo - spelled "AMAZNO" - on streets near the proposed site.

Under the current plan, which was negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, the headquarters would bring in roughly 25,000 to 40,000 new jobs.

Amazon is likely threatening this pullout to concentrate minds among NY politicians, in an effort to pin blame on them for "losing" Amazon. "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 more than 15-month search prompted a frenzied competition between 238 cities in North America.

Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Palm Beach County Business Development Board, said she too would welcome Amazon back. Each project in NY and Virginia is expected to create 25,000 jobs. Of this $1.525 billion, up to $1.2 billion could come from a refundable tax credit through New York State's Excelsior Program and a $325 million cash grant from the Empire State Development fund.

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