Cuomo pushing back on resistance to new Amazon campus in NYC

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

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.

Amazon is re-evaluating its decision to build a campus in New York City, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two anonymous sources.

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.

Chicago and IL officials reached out to Amazon on Friday in a renewed effort to win a 25,000-job campus that would serve as part of the tech behemoth's second headquarters. City Council members thrashed the retailer for its resistance to unions, working conditions at warehouses and its founder's wealth.

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". "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". "The idea that we need to subsidize them in any way blows our mind".

Rep. -elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. That hollows out the benefits of the new headquarters in terms of municipal and state tax revenue considerably. Plus, adding 25,000 high-paying jobs to this corner of Queens will only make gentrification worse, activists warn. "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. It's building a similar project in Arlington, Virginia.

Such is not the case with the state Senate, however. About $1.5 billion of the grants for HQ2 come from the state and could go before this board, and the way the board is structured, Gianaris would have an effective veto over those funds.

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

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming", a person with knowledge of Amazon's plans told the Post. On Tuesday, embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam approved legislation that offered as much as $750 million in subsidies to the company.

Conversely, state officials in Virginia, which won the other headquarters bid, and Tennessee have quickly embraced their awarded bids with incentive packages.

Unfortunately, there is a vocal minority of New Yorkers who are convinced that Amazon will be a neighbor that they don't want. What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.

Amazon may also have a Plan B. One of the twenty finalists for HQ2 was Newark, New Jersey, just across the border from New York City.

This account of how NY, one of the world's most important real estate markets, picked its opportunity zones, is based on conversations with more than 20 state and city officials, developers and others familiar with the process. "This was a data-rich, regionally focused process", she said, "and all nominated tracts were subject to federal approval".

The race for Amazon's HQ2 may not be over after all. Starwood Capital Group Chairman Barry Sternlicht, who's raising $500 million to invest in low-income areas, called giving a tax break to Amazon "abhorrent".

This much is certain: The plan to give Amazon tax breaks of $3 billion to come to Long Island City has been met with resistance and backlash from some local groups and politicians, nearly since the day it was announced that the area was co-winner of an RFP process that attracted more than 200 proposals from across North America.

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