Amazon May Be Reconsidering Long Island City Headquarters

Amazon May Be Reconsidering Long Island City Headquarters

Amazon May Be Reconsidering Long Island City Headquarters

Amazon executives have held internal discussion to "reassess the situation in NY and explore alternatives", according to the Post.

The plan announced previous year was backed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the city's Mayor Bill de Blasio, but has been the object of demonstrations in the following weeks.

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia have been so welcoming", a source familiar with the matter told the Post.

Reports claim that company officials are determining whether or not to "reassess" the current plans to operate out of NYC; given that the company has yet to purchase or lease office space for the project it would not be hard to move to a different location.

Noting the Post's report, Cuomo accused the state Senate-whose leader recently tapped an Amazon critic for a board that might have sway over the project's subsidies-of "governmental malpractice" and siding with those who are "pandering to the local politics".

Reached for comment, an Amazon spokesperson simply reiterated that it is committed to engaging with its "new neighbors".

The Spheres is an Amazon work site in Seattle. Amazon must decide soon, however, as it needs to start hiring the 25,000 employees for the Manhattan-adjacent campus if it wants to stick with its scheduled timeline. There the state legislature has already passed the Amazon incentive package, and it's been signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam.

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Construction-industry groups urged the public and officials to get behind a plan projected to create at least 25,000 jobs in a decade: "It's time to stop the showboating", declared Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, a group of unions.

Cuomo slammed the possibility that Amazon would pull out, blaming "political opposition".

But other lawmakers representing New York City have raised concerns about the $3 billion in tax incentives and the rent increases expected to accompany the arrival of its headquarters.

But, the source said, "There are some folks making it clear (in New York) that Amazon will never come to NY".

He confirmed that he has not engaged in conversations revisiting Amazon bringing any part of HQ2 to South Florida since Amazon's final announcement was made.

One reason for the big difference in whether Amazon is welcomed or not lies in the nature of the locations where the new headquarters would be.

"The Amazon deal is now officially on the rocks", former NY attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout wrote after Gianaris was appointed to the Public Authorities Control Board. 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. Amazon's plan also calls for an initial 4 million-square-foot commitment to the National Landing neighborhood of Arlington, Va. It recently hired a public relations firm in NY and started looking for a "senior community affairs manager" to focus on building a positive partnership with community groups, local stakeholders and nonprofits.

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