Amazon Pulls Out of New York City Plans After Backlash

Amazon drops plans for New York City headquarters

Chicago alderman wants 'robot tax'

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However, it drew opposition from unions, members of the City Council and others, including newly elected Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, angry over the billions in incentives promised to one of the world's most valuable companies. Baltimore presented Port Covington as an option for the HQ2 project, but the plan didn't make Amazon's list of finalists.

Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in NY that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the almost $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world's richest, most powerful companies.

The New York Times reports that Amazon is not placing a second headquarters in New York's Long Island City, citing hard relationships with state and local politicians.

New York City officials have responded to Amazon's plans to ditch a Long Island City headquarters with contradictory - but equally fiery -statements. Each city was expected to have more than 25,000 workers over time. "Real economic dev", tweeted Zephyr Teachout, a law professor who ran unsuccessfully for both governor of NY and state attorney general in recent years. It was upfront from the start that it won't offer financial incentives. Both Emanuel and Gov. J.B. Pritzker sought to push Chicago back into the running for HQ2 after Amazon had first expressed ambivalence over the Long Island site.

Marc Weller, president of Weller Development Co., the developer of Port Covington, said last week that his team had reached out to Amazon. "Rather than addressing the legitimate concerns that have been raised by many New Yorkers, Amazon says you do it our way or not at all", said union spokeswoman Chelsea Connor.

"Now, all of the prospective employees who would have otherwise been hired, all of the small businesses that would have benefited from Amazon's Queens presence and indeed state and local governments looking forward to tax revenues, as well as the broader community, will miss out from improved growth prospects", he added.

Amazon said the deal would have created more than 25,000 jobs.

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"The deal could have been improved". "I know some people ready to testify". "He was recently named to an oversight board that has the authority, or at least the influence, to essentially end the deal". It's had some success in the past blocking major projects.

Unlike Northern Virginia, many state and local politicians in NY have opposed Amazon's presence. She said the state is considering its options after Amazon's latest today.

"After learning of the decision to pull out of their chosen HQ2 location, I contacted Amazon and City of Newark stakeholders directly, continuing a constant dialogue that predates my time as Governor", Murphy said in a statement.

In February, she tweeted that Amazon's actions suggest it wouldn't be "a good or healthy neighbor for NYC". Along with thousands of jobs, the Seattle company had planned spend $2.5 billion building its new offices.

That makes Virginia the clear victor of Amazon's very public headquarters contest.

When Amazon announced its selection of the winning cities, it said part of the reason was that the Washington, D.C., and New York City areas stood the best chance of attracting the high-tech labor force needed. He added that NY gave Amazon a chance to do business in the greatest city in the world.

Chicago landed on the e-commerce giant's HQ2 shortlist previous year after the company narrowed down 238 possible locations for the $5 billion investment. The company may choose to build its HQ2 in another city.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says Amazon "threw away" their opportunity in his city.

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