Amazon reportedly reconsidering New York City headquarters

Sunday, 10 Feb, 2019

On Friday, the Emanuel administration reached out to Amazon after the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, reported that the company was reconsidering its decision to locate half of its second world headquarters in ny because of political resistance to the state's $2.8 billion incentive package.

The company has held internal meetings to assess the situation in NY, where elected officials, labor leaders, and community activists are mounting a resistance to the project, two anonymous sources told The Post.

"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors-small-business owners, educators, and community leaders", an Amazon spokeswoman told Barron's in an email message.

In December, Qunnipac Unviersity polled 1,075 registered voters in New York City and 57% said they approved of Amazon coming to Long Island city, while 26% said they opposed the move.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, one of several labor unions that has been critical of Amazon, said it was "outrageous that Amazon is now essentially threatening New York City taxpayers to pay for its new headquarters or else it will leave town".

AOC objects to the city and the state giving so much money to "the most valuable public company on the planet owned by the richest man in the world".

The New York Times reported Friday afternoon, citing two unnamed sources, that Amazon execs are frustrated with the cold reception the company has received in New York, but that the company is not now planning to back out.

On Tuesday, embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed a bill to provide up to $750 million in cash incentives for Amazon to bring 25,000 jobs to the northern part of the state. "This is the beginning of a process where the public and the City Council and other elected officials are going to continue to seek answers and understand whether or not this is a good deal for New York City, or if we got played".

We reached out to a number of Dallas civic officials and real estate professionals who were involved with the HQ2 pitch to get their thoughts on the situation.

But people were divided when asked about the almost $3 billion financial incentives on offer, with 46% supporting them versus 44% who opposed the package. Gianaris was nominated to the Public Authorities Control Board, which has the power to veto the Amazon deal completely. It's had some success in the past blocking major projects.

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.

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 the largest economic development program that NY has ever won", Cuomo said, speaking to business executives on Long Island Friday.

I've had questions about Amazon's "contest" to pick a host city for their new headquarters from the beginning.

NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter Friday to comment on the reports.

The governor surprised onlookers Friday when he gave a slide presentation during an economic development speech on Long Island and listed his top legislative priorities in a series of slides.