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Ocasio-Cortez cheers as Amazon reportedly reconsiders NY HQ after fierce opposition

Ocasio-Cortez cheers as Amazon reportedly reconsiders NY HQ after fierce opposition”

Amazon expected it would face the biggest public backlash to a new headquarters in New York City, Bloomberg has reported.

According to the Post, in the past two weeks, the state Senate nominated an outspoken Amazon critic to a board where he could potentially veto the deal.

Amazon may be second-guessing its plan to build a new campus in New York City. "It is irresponsible to allow political opposition to overcome sound government policy".

Under grilling at a recent city council hearing - where he further angered critics by saying Amazon would oppose any effort by NY workers to unionize - company vice-president Brian Huseman dropped a veiled hint that the giant could pull out.

Amazon is moving forward with plans to construct another headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, near the nation's capital.

Supported by the NY governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, the plan has faced a torrent of opposition from elected officials, activists and unions, angry that the company is set to get up to $3bn in tax breaks and subsidies. It also announced it planned to open an additional, 5,000-person office in Nashville, Tennessee. This will include a refundable tax credit, through the state's Excelsior Program, of up to $1.2 billion over the next 10 years.

Friday afternoon, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer tweeted, "Hey @amazon, heard many NYS leaders oppose deal for your 2nd headquarters".

The two have been at the forefront of the Amazon opposition, and most recently, Sen. She said her neighbors may have given the prospect of Amazon a warmer welcome had the subsidy package not been so large. Council Speaker Corey Johnson criticized Amazon last week for pitting workers against one another.

"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", one Post source said.

Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union - which has worked to help unionize Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island - pointed the blame at Amazon. "A major problem is the way the deal was put together shrouded in secrecy and ignoring what New Yorkers want and need", he said in a statement.

However, according to a new report released Friday, Amazon is reconsidering its choice in ny.

Basically, the whole thing could be summed up as "nice Amazon deal, New York".

A half dozen more hearings are scheduled for January through March in advance of a vote by the New York State Public Authorities Control Board, which according to state law has final say over the "approval of the financing and construction of any project proposed by state public benefit corporations".

And while city lawmakers have spoken out against the deal, Mayor de Blasio doesn't believe they are completely opposed to the possibility of thousands of new jobs in the area. "I think most of the neighborhood hasn't wanted them here".

The Washington Post, which is also owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, reported the Seattle-based tech giant is reconsidering the plan and has not leased or purchased any office space for the project.



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