Amazon cancels plans for NY headquarters after fierce opposition

Amazon cancels plans to build second headquarters in New York City

Amazon Abandons Plans for New York Headquarters

Gov. Parson tweets: "Unfortunate that NY politicians are unable to see the economic boost that would come from 25,000 new jobs with an avg. pay = $150,000/yr. Amazon, if/when you begin a search for a good home for the new HQ2 - just know that Missouri is open for business!" "We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and almost $30 billion in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements", Cuomo said in a statement.

Amazon ultimately split the 50,000-job investment between Crystal City, Virginia, and Long Island, with an additional 5,000-job operations center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Amazon, as you may recall, instituted a public search for its second headquarters, during which time it played various cities against each other, with most applicants promising a wide array of tax breaks and other incentives.

Reactions were swift on both sides of the issue after the massive company said earlier Thursday that it wasn't willing to work with state and local politicians who oppose the plan. Technology jobs, the argument went, would enable the city and state to weather the effects of a future recession, which historically has had an outsized impact on employment rolls tilted heavily toward the financial sector.

With Amazon announcing they will not be moving their second headquarters to New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) released a statement bashing state Democrats, without naming them, for their part in making the move not happen.

"Now more than ever, Newark is the clear choice as the next presence for Amazon corporate offices", he said in a statement.

Still, public polling suggested the deal, which Amazon said would eventually create at least 25,000 jobs, was fairly popular among New Yorkers.

Amazon is canceling its controversial plan to build a new corporate campus in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.

"We will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the USA and Canada".

Amazon also faced anti-gentrification sentiment in a city where income inequality and a lack of affordable housing have become major concerns.

In recent weeks, City Council members held hearings at which they grilled Amazon officials about such things as the company's contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide facial recognition technology.

Following a yearlong public search for a new second headquarters dubbed HQ2, Amazon in November announced plans to build two 25,000-employee campuses, one in Long Island City, Queens, in NY, and another in Arlington, Virginia. "Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity".

But critics nearly immediately objected to the massive subsidies that NY offered to lure the tech behemoth.

Amazon added that it has 5,000 workers in the city and plans to grow those teams. "They killed Amazon, the biggest beast around".

Amazon publicly announced Thursday that it was abandoning its plans to build in NY, though reports indicated the decision was in the works a week earlier.

Ocasio-Cortez and others vehemently criticized the almost $3 billion in tax incentives that state and local officials had agreed to give Amazon in exchange for opening a sprawling corporate campus in Queens.

Last week he chided some of his fellow NY lawmakers for opposing Amazon HQ2 because, he insisted, they needed the company.

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