WashPost: Amazon Reconsiders NYC HQ Over Local Opposition

Manuel Martinez
J.B. Pritzker

Could political resistance to, what critics denounce as "corporate welfare" in NY create an opening for Chicago to re-enter the Amazon sweepstakes?

The newspaper on Friday said that opposition from local politicians may have caused Amazon to reconsider its deal to bring a second headquarters to Long Island City. In doing so, Amazon is signaling that it will squeeze opponents of the deal politically unless they support the massive subsidy package.

NY state Sen. The deal bypassed city council approval, adding to the consternation.

Any major multinational would have multiple reasons to expand in New York City, given its highly skilled workforce and status as a hub for the technology, entertainment and advertising industries-all areas where Amazon is expanding.

Stuart Applebaum, the President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said that if the deal is to fall apart, Amazon only has themselves to blame. "The idea that we need to subsidize them in any way blows our mind".

"Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations", freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter with a link to The Post's report. NY residents fear the same will happen to them.

Sources who are "familiar with the company's thinking" spoke to The Washington Post on Friday, and said the e-commerce giant might reconsider its deal in the face of vocal opposition to the deal.

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The company's brass had to endure a series of hearings in the City Council in recent weeks, in which politicians blasted Amazon's record on labor issues and its refusal to accede to a unionization drive at its Staten Island distribution center.

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

In a statement, Gimenez said he is ready to start things up again whenever Amazon is. This week, the State Senate recommended the appointment of Sen.

The relatively unknown board weighs in on any financing and land use deals that run through public authorities, which primarily include economic development projects. About $1.5 billion of the grants for HQ2 come from the state and could go before this board, and the way the board is structured, Gianaris would have an effective veto over those funds. "If they stop Amazon from coming to NY, they're going to have the people of NY to explain it to".

The person briefed on the matter said that Amazon was still working toward winning approval from NY officials and had not given up on the proposal, but was considering potential alternatives to NY. Amazon also selected Nashville to host a 5,000-person "center of excellence" for its operations business. What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.

About 25,000 new jobs were expected to be brought to the city with Amazon's plans. It was one of a handful of cities to receive a second visit by Amazon officials in August. "The Senate Democratic Majority Conference and our partners in the Assembly finally returned NY as the progressive beacon to the rest of the country".

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