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Amazon reconsiders NYC headquarters location: report

Posted: 12:41 PM, Feb 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-08 22:31:50-05

QUEENS — Amazon is reconsidering plans to build their second headquarters in New York City, according to a report on the Washington Post .

Since announcing their plans to establish their campus in Queens, Amazon received a wave of opposition and a less-than-enthusiastic welcome from some locals.

The company has not leased or purchased office space for the headquarters, which would make it easy to withdraw their commitment, the report says.

About 25,000 new jobs were expected to be brought to the city with Amazon's plans.

Executives have had discussions to reassess their New York decision and explore different alternatives, said two people who spoke candidly about the perspective.

When PIX11 reached out to Amazon for comment, a spokeswoman responded:

“We’re focused on engaging with our new neighbors – small business owners, educators, and community leaders. 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.”

This past month, a leading critic of New York subsidies for Amazon's plan to build a second headquarters in Queens was nominated to serve on a state board with the power to reject the project.

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents the area, told PIX11 Friday, "I'm not declaring victory, but I do believe it demonstrates the power of the arguments that we've been making against Amazon."

Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens has called the plan to award Amazon billions of dollars in tax credits and direct grants "offensive" to residents and taxpayers struggling with aging subways, overcrowded schools and a lack of affordable housing.

Meanwhile, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo defended the deal Friday. "We get 27 [billion], they get 3 billion back. I would do that all day long," Cuomo said at a press conference in Long Island, where he was talking about the budget for the area.

NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter Friday to comment on the reports. "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations? Yes, they can," she wrote.

Unlike New York, officials in Tennessee and Virginia have embraced the company's plans to bring jobs to their state, according to Washington Post.

“The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming,” one source told the publication.

No specific plans to abandon the New York location has been made.