Amazon reconsidering Long Island City location, according to report

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

Amazon reportedly reconsidering New York location amid growing resistance movement

"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbours - small business owners, educators, and community leaders", it said.

Amazon.com Inc is exploring alternatives to locating part of its new headquarters in NY in case the plan should fail due to local opposition, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.

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.

Unions, which have organized most of the deal opposition on the grounds that e-commerce destroys traditional retail jobs, said the Washington Post report suggests Amazon is threatening to pull the plug on the efforts to pressure ny politicians and galvanize support.

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Amazon has responded to the backlash by holding closed-door meetings to sway local officials and hiring lobbying and PR firms. Even before these subsidies, New York City has been struggling to fund acceptable public transportation and affordable housing.

Amazon is moving forward with plans to construct another headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, near the nation's capital. Amazon.com-which chose to split its upcoming second headquarters between NY and Arlington, Virginia, after a highly publicized yearlong search-is said to be reconsidering the NY move. "The idea that we need to subsidize them in any way blows our mind".

The Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.

The Post report came days after Democrats nominated State Senator Michael Gianaris, a vocal critic of the Amazon project, to the Public Authorities Control Board, which must unanimously approve the Amazon plan. After months of haggling and wrangling to establish a deal involving major tax breaks and accommodations, Democrats in New York City are complaining that the deal isn't good enough, the tax breaks are too risky, and Amazon's arrival might be damaging to the social justice crowd because it could lead to further "gentrification" of the area.

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So, Amazon may be really thinking about pulling back on the New York HQ2 move.

Cuomo complained that the new federal tax code that caps state and local tax deductions (SALT) on wealthy New Yorkers has triggered a drop in state tax revenues.

Contrast the opposition in NY with the welcome in Virginia, and you can see why Amazon executives are reconsidering their choice. It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans. Or, it may be trying to put pressure on local politicians to support the deal. Amazon also selected Nashville to host a 5,000-person "center of excellence" for its operations business.

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".

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The Legislature and governor would have to sign off on a New York City-only millionaires tax.

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