Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Cuomo raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking

Cuomo raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking

New York - Long Island City, specifically - was selected as a co-winner, along with land in Northern Virginia, in November.

Amazon is reconsidering its plans to open up a new campus in Long Island City, Queens, according to a Washington Post report, after facing backlash from locals.

Earlier, the Post, which is owned by Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, reported that Amazon executives had had internal discussions to reassess the situation in ny and explore alternatives.

In response to a request for comment about the report today, an Amazon spokeswoman shared a brief statement: "We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors-small business owners, educators, and community leaders".

The company is considering other options for the NY location, including relocating thousands of jobs to other areas and withdrawing altogether.

For his own part, Cuomo said at the time, "New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in USA history".

The Verge Two more major tech players, Verizon and Amazon, may be entering into the already crowded list of companies that plan to launch mobile game streaming services. "For the state Senate to oppose Amazon was governmental malpractice and if they stop Amazon from coming to NY they are going to have the people of NY to explain it to". 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.

It can also apply for other tax incentives, such as New York City's Relocation and Employment Assistance Program that offers tax breaks potentially worth $900 million over 12 years.

Reacting to the Washington Post report, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday accused the state Senate of "governmental malpractice".

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"If Amazon does not come to NY, it's because of the political opposition".

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.

"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves". Danny Solis (25th) and signed off on that $7 billion South Loop development and created a new tax-increment financing district to bankroll infrastructure improvements needed to unlock the development potential of the long-dormant site at Roosevelt and Clark.

"I think it's really encouraging to show that government and all of us primarily have a responsibility to the communities that we directly impact", Ocasio-Cortez told CNN on Friday.

"Jobs are good but we need to get them the right way and we shouldn't be subsidising to the tune of US$3 billion plus", Gianaris said in an interview on Bloomberg TV.

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia have been so welcoming", a source familiar with the matter told the Post. "Yes, they can", she wrote.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union President Marc Perrone said, "it is outrageous that Amazon is now essentially threatening New York City taxpayers to pay for its new headquarters or else it will leave town".

After receiving the bad news, Emanuel acknowledged that subsidies were at least a part of the reason why Chicago lost the Amazon sweepstakes.

Fearful of losing almost $3 billion in subsidies for its expansion in New York City, Amazon has moved to a new strategy, one involving threats. Plus, adding 25,000 high-paying jobs to this corner of Queens will only make gentrification worse, activists warn.

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