Amazon scraps plan to build a headquarters in New York City

Local politicians and activists have voiced their opposition to Amazon's New York expansion plans

Local politicians and activists have voiced their opposition to Amazon's New York expansion plans

State lawmakers previous year approved an $8.5 billion package - including $6.5 billion in tax incentives and $2 billion in infrastructure and transportation spending - in hopes of luring the internet titan to the state.

"This was a shakedown, pure and simple", he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a big cheerleader for the project, laid the blame on Amazon for walking away.

Cuomo said in a statement that a small group of politicians had "put their own narrow political interests" above those of New Yorkers.

After a lengthy public bidding process, e-commerce giant Amazon decided that it would build its new headquarters in not one location but two with its new offices split between Washington, DC and New York City.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voiced her opposition to the plan, saying that NY offering to use eminent domain to seize land from people to make room for the headquarters was "utterly unacceptable".

On Valentine's Day, Amazon broke up with New York City and turned all of its attention to Northern Virginia, announcing it would not set up half of its second headquarters in Queens and would move ahead with its plans for Crystal City.

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Following Amazon's decision to axe its plans to build a headquarters in NY, like-minded Twitter jokers have all come up with the same punchline.

"This whole process shows why Amazon would have been a bad partner for NY".

That prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to warn that such a move could cost the region 25,000 jobs Amazon was set to bring to the city.

Newark officials, who could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday, told ROI-NJ last week that they are ready and eager to take any part of the headquarters project.

In a statement, Amazon said it was disappointed in the outcome.

"We do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time", Amazon said Thursday. "Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity", de Blasio said in a statement.

"Amazon's decision to withdraw from NY is no doubt a blow to our local economy", said Julie Samuels, executive director at Tech: NYC. Chief among those complaints is that the decision was made without local input and that the influx of workers may cause issues with the city's already struggling subway system, housing prices and increased income inequality and homelessness. High-rise towers have sprouted across the neighborhood in recent years.

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Amazon is ditching its plans to build a new headquarters in NY after facing backlash from members of the community.

Alphabet Inc's Google has avoided competitions between cities for offices, and its growing presence in lower Manhattan has met with little serious blowback.

"New Yorkers made it clear that Amazon wasn't welcome in our city if it would not respect our workers and our communities", said George Miranda, president of Teamsters Joint Council 16. Several welcomed the news that Amazon might be rethinking the plan.

Shares of Amazon fell 1 percent.

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. "There was no hint of this at all".

"The fight against Amazonlaid bare their union-busting, corporate welfare, ICE-abetting practicesand shows why we need to break up monopolies like Amazon".

In response to the news, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, tweeted that "anything is possible", taking a victory lap upon hearing the news.

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