Amazon reconsidering NYC headquarters after opposition

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However, NYC residents, as well as high-profile NY politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have been very outspoken against Amazon coming to the city.

Cuomo's office then released a copy of legislation introduced on February 5 by Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris (D-Queens) that would allow New York City - not Albany - to impose a tax surcharge on city wealthy residents to help fund mass transit improvements and provide reduced fares for low-income New Yorkers.

The Post noted that Amazon's plan to put part of its second headquarters in Virginia, where it will receive up to $750 million in state subsidies, is not being reconsidered.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, a supporter of the deal who offered to change his name to Amazon Cuomo if the company agreed to choose New York City, would have to approve Gianaris, but that would create a standoff between the governor and the legislature, reflecting the tensions that have accompanied the Amazon deal.

Of course, Amazon has heavily researched other cities and may still be in conversation with some of them for potential future sites. About $1.5 billion of the grants for HQ2 come from the state and could go before this board, and the way the board is structured, Gianaris would have an effective veto over those funds.

The world's largest online retailer plans to spend $5 billion on the two new developments in Long Island City, in New York's Queens borough, and in Arlington, Virginia, and expects to get more than $2 billion in tax credits and incentives with plans to apply for more. One point of contention could be Amazon's opposition to labor unions.

The power struggle between Gov. Cuomo, the New York State Senate, and the Public Authorities Control Board is very much ongoing.

Van Bramer opposes the deal while admitting the projected 25,000 jobs are important. Amazon was down 2.5 percent to $1,574.34 at 12:24 NY.

Though, protests have been a near constant over the four months since Amazon announced its move to Queens. "New Yorkers wont be bullied by Jeff Bezos, and if Amazon is unwilling to respect workers and communities they will never be welcome in New York City".

"Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations", freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter with a link to The Post's report. In addition, some of the other locations on Amazon's short list have kept their efforts alive, continuing to court Amazon for what they see as an employment bonanza. "I was elected to advocate for our community's interests - and they've requested, clearly, to voice their concerns".

One supporter of the deal Van Bramer spoke to "seemed genuinely anxious, and that led me to believe that it was real", he said. "We get 27 [billion], they get 3 billion back".

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 it's a great idea", said Lorrie Tripp of Southington.

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