Amazon HQ2 may not happen in NY after all, report says

NY state is not expected to give Amazon's plan final approval until 2020.

Apparently, the online retailer has yet to rent office space in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City and is finding that more than a few locals would rather not see NY experience the prosperity that 25,000 new jobs might bring. New York - Long Island City, specifically - was selected as a co-winner, along with land in Northern Virginia, in November. But opponents say they'll keep fighting about a project they consider corporate welfare.

NY city councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents the Queens neighborhood and opposes the deal, told the Guardian he had heard "some rumbling in the last few days" that "Amazon was teetering or rethinking". "It is the largest economic development transaction in the history of the state of NY".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been a vocal champion of Amazon, reiterated the benefits of the deal for New York City, including 25,000 tech jobs with an average salary of $150,000 and $27 billion for government coffers.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic representative who has been outspoken against the Amazon deal, tweeted about the report that it is rethinking the project in ny, writing: "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?".

However, NYC residents, as well as high-profile NY politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have been very outspoken against Amazon coming to the city.

Amazon's attempt to establish a stronger foothold in NY comes as the e-commerce giant continues to ramp up its presence in the digital advertising space, which is now dominated by Facebook and Google.

"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 change in scope - given jobs and investment were ultimately divided among multiple communities - further enhances Miami's opportunity to successfully deliver on the kind of partnership we know Amazon is looking for", he said.

The report, which cited unnamed sources, said Amazon executives have had discussions recently to rethink the company's plans for NY and consider alternatives.

Finally, at a City Council meeting last week, the company refused to agree to remain neutral if Amazon workers attempted unionization in New York City, a red flag for a labor-friendly city. Cuomo has veto power over the appointment, but doing so would draw the ire of a State Senate now controlled by Democrats.

The state has made calls to Amazon officials to express its continued interest to take over the project - one that promises 25,000 jobs - the source told ROI-NJ on Friday afternoon.

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district includes some nearby neighborhoods, suggested on Twitter that the report showed people can "come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations".

"We rose up and held the line". In Long Island City, they saw this as a threat.

He told the Guardian: "Amazon has extorted NY from the first day of this process, and this seems to be their latest effort to do that".

Amazon is attempting to build inroads with New Yorkers angry over the scope of the project and the negative affects it is likely to have on many people living around the new headquarters.

Vanessa Coleman

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