Amazon's HQ2 NYC: Amazon reconsiders headquarters after local opposition, report says

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

According to a December Quinnipiac University poll, 57 percent of New York City residents support Amazon's arrival in the region, compared to just 26 percent who oppose the deal, Fox Business reported.

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.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says he hasn't heard from Amazon since the e-commerce giant broke the news to him and other South Florida officials that the region came up short in its bid to land HQ2.

Amazon is likely threatening this pullout to concentrate minds among NY politicians, in an effort to pin blame on them for "losing" Amazon.

Amazon said it would bring 25,000 full-time high-paying jobs, approximately $2.5 billion in Amazon investment and eventually 8 million square feet of office space to Long Island City as part of its investment announced in November.

Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have been cheerleaders for the project, pointing to Amazon's promise to create 25,000 jobs with average annual income of $150,000.

Protestors unfurl anti-Amazon banners during a New York City Council Finance Committee hearing on January 30.

Amazon has not purchased land for the NY project and its agreement with the city and state is non-binding.

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

And not everyone has jumped to lay out the welcome mat.

It can also apply for other tax incentives, such as New York City's Relocation and Employment Assistance Program that offers tax breaks potentially worth $900 million over 12 years. Michael Gianaris said the deal gives massive corporate welfare from scarce state dollars to one of the wealthiest corporations in the world.

Whatever the outcome, Amazon's gambit shows how much the HQ2 sweepstakes has backfired. Gianaris was nominated to the Public Authorities Control Board, which has the power to veto the Amazon deal completely.

"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. It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans. Back in November, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the project as one benefiting a large outside corporation over local NY residents.

Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said if the Amazon deal falls apart they will have nobody to blame but themselves.

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. "They arrogantly continue to refuse to meet with key stakeholders to address their concerns, despite requests from New York's top elected officials to do so".

"This whole thing has been bungled since day one by the mayor and the governor and Amazon", he said.

"Jobs are good but we need to get them the right way and we shouldn't be subsidizing to the tune of $3 billion-plus".

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