Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Amazon May Be Reconsidering Long Island City Headquarters

Amazon May Be Reconsidering Long Island City Headquarters

However, according to a story in The Washington Post, the level of local opposition to the new headquarters is causing executives at Amazon to reconsider the ny location.

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project", one person familiar with Amazon's plans told the Washington Post.

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.

Amazon did not immediately respond to GeekWire's request to comment.

Cuomo said NY would be able to "count on one hand the number of millionaires left in New York" if taxes go up.

Amazon is moving forward with plans to construct another headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, near the nation's capital.

Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City.

Cuomo admitted 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.

The source said the article could be a trial balloon for either side: It could be the NY community sending a signal to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, or it could be Bezos testing the waters.


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.

A spokesperson for Miami WorldCenter, which had been considered as a potential landing spot for a hypothetical Miami HQ2, said Amazon has not gotten back in touch about any new projects. And New York is notoriously unfriendly to businesses that are unfriendly to unions. Local union leaders have repeatedly claimed the online retail giant is "anti-worker" and "anti-union" and called conditions in Amazon factories around the county "deplorable".

No one city will be home to Amazon's second North American headquarters.

"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. But it's not for nothing that Amazon wants to be in NY.

New York - Long Island City, specifically - was selected as a co-winner, along with land in Northern Virginia, in November.

The world's most valuable public company may not bring 25,000 new jobs to New York City after all, the Washington Post reports. The state gave them massive tax breaks to try to keep them around, gutting the local government's budget and shifting to burden to the taxpayers, but the company wound up nearly entirely leaving anyway.

Sure, Amazon shimmied into Virginia and got everything it wanted.

The Legislature and governor would have to sign off on a New York City-only millionaires tax.

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