Amazon on Thursday announced it’s cancelling a plan to set up a new headquarters in New York City in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, stunning local politicians. New York leaders stumbled to respond, and some seemed more pleased than others. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seems to think Amazon is making a big mistake. “If Amazon can’t recognise what that’s worth, its competitors will,” de Blasio said in a statement. Amazon on Thursday abruptly announced it’s cancelling plans to build a second headquarters in the New York City borough of Queens, and local politicians seem to be stunned and perturbed by the move. In a statement on the cancellation, Amazon appeared to blame local political pushback for its decision. “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” Amazon said. “While polls show that 70% … [Read more...] about New York politicians appear stunned but defiant over Amazon’s abrupt cancellation of move to Long Island City
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Amazon on Thursday announced it had canceled its planned HQ2 project for New York City. In a blog post announcing its plans, Amazon called out state and local politicians for their opposition to HQ2. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been a key supporter of the project, released a statement on Thursday saying that “Amazon threw away” an opportunity. The Mayor of New York City had a stern message for Amazon on Thursday morning: if you can’t recognise the value of New York City, your competitors will. “You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbour and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement released to the press. His statement came several hours after Amazon announced that it would be pulling its plans to open a new headquarters in New York City. “After much thought and … [Read more...] about Mayor Bill de Blasio slams Amazon for scrapping its HQ2 project in New York City
On Thursday, Amazon announced plans to cancel its HQ2 project in New York City and while doing so, the company threw some local New York City politicians under the bus. “A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward,” Amazon said. Amazon noted that this opposition from local officials came “while polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment.” Local politicians – especially New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson – have been critical of Amazon for circumventing the City Council in early discussions around land use and for deciding to accept state tax breaks totaling $US3 billion. Amazon praised state governor Andrew Cuomo and mayor Bill de Blasio for working “tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers to encourage local investment and job creation, and we can’t speak positively … [Read more...] about Amazon just threw New York City politicians under the bus while announcing its plan to cancel its New York HQ2
Amazon has canceled its plans to open HQ2 in New York City, the e-commerce giant announced on Thursday. The decision comes after months of backlash from some New Yorkers and local politicians. Here is a step-by-step look at how Amazon’s New York HQ2 plans fell apart. Amazon’s much-hyped and frequently criticised New York City HQ2 plans have been canceled. On Thursday, the e-commerce giant announced that it would not be moving forward with its plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. Read more:AMAZON CANCELS NEW YORK HQ2 “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the company wrote in a blog post. While there had been reports that Amazon was reconsidering building HQ2 in New York following local backlash, the announcement came as a shock to many. Here is everything we know about how the HQ2 deal fell apart: Amazon’s … [Read more...] about Amazon canceled its New York City HQ2 plans. Here’s everything we know about how the massive deal unravelled.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Friday that what he calls "political pandering" to critics of Amazon's proposed secondary headquarters could sink New York's biggest-ever economic development deal. But opponents say they'll keep fighting about a project they consider corporate welfare. The back-and-forth came after The Washington Post reported that Amazon is reconsidering its planned New York City headquarters because of some local politicians' opposition to the nearly $3 billion incentive package. The report cited two unnamed people familiar with the company's thinking. In response, Amazon would say only that it's engaging with small business owners, community leaders and educators, pointing to its pledges to fund high school computer science classes and contribute to job training. "We are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be," the Seattle-based company said in a statement. Noting the report, Cuomo accused the state Senate — whose leader recently tapped an Amazon … [Read more...] about New York governor raps Amazon critics amid report company’s rethinking