Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says
Feb 10, 2019, 00:16
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. The original pitch made it sound as if they might go to some smaller to middle-sized city that was down on its luck and in need of a major boost in jobs and commerce. But locals have objected to the displacement they say the new center will bring and the added pressure it could put on the city's underfunded infrastructure.
"Now that people are more and more concerned about decent wages and benefits, I think Amazon's gonna have to reconsider that", de Blasio said at a press conference unrelated to the Amazon project.
All of that is now in danger of disappearing, however.
To that end, Amazon has been issuing statements to media outlets telling them that the company has no plans to remove themselves from the deal and said "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".
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a speech to a business group on Long Island, said his Democratic colleagues in the state Senate are to blame.
Speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not at liberty to discuss the plans publicly, the people said Amazon executives have had discussions inside the company to reassess the situation in NY and explore other locales.
Amazon has been derided by some NY politicians, who have been critical of the project and its almost $2 billion in incentives cities agreed to provide in exchange for an estimated 25,000 well-paid jobs.
Some of these complaints are completely valid. "The Senate Democratic Majority Conference and our partners in the Assembly finally returned NY as the progressive beacon to the rest of the country". Multiple parties reached out to Amazon to make sure that they know Chicago would still want them.
One supporter of the deal Van Bramer spoke to "seemed genuinely anxious, and that led me to believe that it was real", he said.
The source noted that Amazon was still working toward winning approval from NY officials and has not yet given up completely on NY as the location of their headquarters, which plans to create 25,000 Amazon jobs. These divisive identity politics are just biting the hand that's trying to feed them at this point.
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