Amazon may be rethinking plans for New York City headquarters

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"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 person familiar with Amazon's plans told The Washington Post.

The Post report came days after Democrats nominated State Senator Michael Gianaris, a vocal critic of the Amazon project, to the Public Authorities Control Board, which must unanimously approve the Amazon plan.

Amazon.com is reconsidering locating part of its new headquarters in NY because of local opposition, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two people familiar with the global retailer's thinking.

In November, Amazon announced it would split its vaunted second headquarters between Queens, New York and the Northern Virginia suburb bordering Washington D.C. The company is eligible for up to $3 billion in incentives in New York, one of the key concerns of those opposed to the deal. The Seattle-based company also said that it expects to generate "incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years as a result of Amazon's investment and job creation".

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"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves", he said in a statement. 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.

Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents touting the economic benefits of its NY expansion.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, one of several labor unions that has been critical of Amazon, said it was "outrageous that Amazon is now essentially threatening New York City taxpayers to pay for its new headquarters or else it will leave town".

"Amazon is a billion-dollar company", the NY congresswoman tweeted.

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The two have been at the forefront of the Amazon opposition, and most recently, Sen.

"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 who spoke with The Post said. "I think most of the neighborhood hasn't wanted them here".

NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter Friday to comment on the reports.

In a statement, Gimenez said he is ready to start things up again whenever Amazon is. During two hearings, the New York City Council - which isn't part of the approvals process for the project - has harshly criticized the plan, too.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo framed the original announcement as a tremendous job creation opportunity for the entire New York region. The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level.

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