Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Cuomo raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking

Cuomo raps Amazon critics amid report company's rethinking

"I think now is the time for Amazon to make a decision because it has to start hiring", a source told WaPo. The Washington Post reported the story earlier on Friday.

A new rumor suggests the planned Amazon NYC headquarters is being reconsidered.

The company has held internal meetings to assess the situation in NY, where elected officials, labor leaders, and community activists are mounting a resistance to the project, two anonymous sources told The Post. Inside Amazon, all indications are that the company is moving full-steam ahead with the expansion, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Cuomo said NY would be able to "count on one hand the number of millionaires left in New York" if taxes go up.

Shawn Dixon (left) worries about his neighborhood and business when Amazon comes to town.

"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", the statement read. Its shares fell around 2.4 percent on Friday. Amazon's development proposal lays out plans for a 4-8 million-square-foot campus, but it has not yet leased or purchased office space for the project, which is not expected to receive final NY state approval until 2020. Many residents are concerned headquarters 2 would exacerbate gentrification and increase housing costs in Long Island City. They say they fear more crowded subway stations, an overburdened sewage system and rent increases that would drive out long-time residents.

Some people involved in the planning for Amazon's East Coast expansion have discussed whether to pare back the NY plans, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations. "If Amazon or any organization is looking for a new corporate home, I know everyone involved in this most recent effort stands ready to roll up our sleeves once again".

Following Friday's Washington Post report, Crain's Chicago Business reported that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker had already reached out to Amazon officials asking them to reconsider Chicago as an HQ2 location. One point of contention could be Amazon's opposition to labor unions. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district spans parts of Queens and the Bronx, has also criticized Amazon.

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"Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?"

Last week, New York City's Committee on Finance held a hearing to discuss the almost $3 billion incentive that Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and officials at the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) offered Amazon to come to the Big Apple.

Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, are pushing for the Amazon deal after being instrumental in securing it.

Cuomo slammed the possibility that Amazon would pull out, blaming "political opposition".

"The Amazon propaganda of "we're bringing jobs" is pretty thin". A smaller project in Nashville, Tennessee, is expected to create 5,000 new jobs.

That year-long search could be starting all over again. At issue is the election of New York State Sen. But as a resident of upstate NY, I couldn't help but be a little grateful that so many new jobs might be coming to boost the economy.

Late a year ago, newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against the company for getting tax breaks at a time when she bemoaned of crumbling infrastructure.

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