Amazon exploring potential alternatives to New York HQ

New York Is Having Second Thoughts About Amazon’s Second Headquarters

Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says

Amazon.com Inc is exploring alternatives to locating part of its new headquarters in NY in case the plan should fail due to local opposition, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.

Amazon executives responsible for the company's planned move to create a headquarters on the East Coast appear to be rethinking their decision when it comes to the NY location.

AMAZON HQ: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to testify at Monday's public hearing on state funding for local governments.

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Unions, which have organized most of the deal opposition on the grounds that e-commerce destroys traditional retail jobs, said the Washington Post report suggests Amazon is threatening to pull the plug on the efforts to pressure ny politicians and galvanize support. But the local legislature is powerless to stop the Long Island City campus from advancing, since Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Empire State Development has put the development into a "general project plan", which bypasses municipal zoning and land use regulations. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district spans parts of Queens and the Bronx, has also criticized Amazon.

"Why should we subsidize the creation of 25,000 Amazon jobs when Amazon's entire business model seeks to eliminate millions of retail jobs", he said.

In Virginia, the existing large population of highly-paid tech workers means Amazon will fit right in. In particular, members of the committee pressed Amazon-via its head of public policy-on its stance toward unionization efforts and asked for commitments to certain job quality standards.

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Such is not the case with the state Senate, however. The company said it will receive performance-based incentives of $1.525 billion from the state of NY, including an average $48,000 for each job it creates. Amazon was down 2.3 percent at $1,576.98 just before noon in NY. "If they stop Amazon from coming to NY, they're going to have the people of NY to explain it to". Cuomo has the final say over appointments. Cuomo's policies aimed at boosting job growth across NY through billions of dollars in tax incentives and business subsidies had been criticized for years by Republicans and Democrats alike even before the Amazon deal was announced last fall.

Cuomo admits that the community surrounding the site is "nervous", but he says the 25,000 jobs that Amazon has promised to create are worth any inconvenience.

Cuomo's office then released a copy of legislation introduced on February 5 by Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris (D-Queens) that would allow New York City - not Albany - to impose a tax surcharge on city wealthy residents to help fund mass transit improvements and provide reduced fares for low-income New Yorkers. "I am against the deal that has been proposed and don't believe that it can form the foundation of a negotiation", Gianaris recently told the New York Times. They're pushing for NY to replace cash bail in most criminal cases with community supervision, electronic monitoring or travel restrictions. Deals that would receive nearly no scrutiny, like U.S. Steel winning $47 million in tax breaks from impoverished Gary, Indiana, now make headlines.

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