Cuomo raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking

Cuomo raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking

The state has made calls to Amazon officials to express its continued interest to take over the project - one that promises 25,000 jobs - the source told ROI-NJ on Friday afternoon.

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming", one of the sources said. So much so that the internet giant might reconsider the project, according a Washington Post report.

The financial incentives NY lavished on Amazon to lure the company there also troubled some liberals. "If they stop Amazon from coming to NY, they're going to have the people of NY to explain it to". The report cited two people familiar with the company's thinking.

The Post added that no specific plans to abandon NY have been made and it's possible Amazon could use them as a threat to pressure NY lawmakers. Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be. Its shares fell around 2.4 percent on Friday. A smaller project in Nashville, Tennessee, is expected to create 5,000 new jobs.

Amazon may be reconsidering its plan to set up shop in New York City, according to a Washington Post report.

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". Many residents are concerned headquarters 2 would exacerbate gentrification and increase housing costs in Long Island City. They say the influx could push out existing residents and add to congestion on the already overcrowded subway.

It noted that the company's plan to build its HQ2 campus in Long Island City (located across the river from Manhattan in Queens) had faced opposition from local activists and politicians.

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"I would be happy not to have them", said Terri Gloyd, the co-owner of the LIC Corner Cafe.

"I don't think, in the end, there's a lot of public servants want to be responsible for losing 25,000 to 40,000 jobs", de Blasio said. She said her neighbors may have given the prospect of Amazon a warmer welcome had the subsidy package not been so large.

The two have been at the forefront of the Amazon opposition, and most recently, Sen. Westin has helped rally opposition to the deal from labor unions, community groups and prominent politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district is adjacent to the proposed site. It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans. But the local legislature is powerless to stop the Long Island City campus from advancing, since Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Empire State Development has put the development into a "general project plan", which bypasses municipal zoning and land use regulations.

Amazon was down 2.5 percent to $1,574.34 at 12:24 NY. The more than 15-month search prompted a frenzied competition between 238 cities in North America.

At the outset of its search past year, Amazon said it was looking for a business-friendly environment.

Under grilling at a recent city council hearing - where he further angered critics by saying Amazon would oppose any effort by NY workers to unionize - company vice-president Brian Huseman dropped a veiled hint that the giant could pull out. What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.

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