Amazon drops plans for NY headquarters after opposition

An employee works at the Amazon fulfillment center in the village of Dobroviz near Prague Czech Republic

This week, 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".

"We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion - we love NY", the online giant from Seattle said in a blog post announcing its withdrawal.

"We literally just threw the baby out with the bath water..."

Maryland - like many other states - scrambled to snare what was being touted as one of the nation's biggest economic development opportunities.

"Like a petulant child, Amazon insists on getting its way or takes its ball and leaves". Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have worked tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers to encourage local investment and job creation, and we can't speak positively enough about all their efforts.

Amazon's decision to build its headquarters in NY was strongly supported by the state's governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D).

Never ones to miss out on an opportunity to soapbox about politics or make light of a current event, the folks of Twitter got to work.

Amazon was wise to pull out now and regroup rather than fighting politicians and residents that didn't want them around. "There was no guarantee those jobs for the New Yorkers that were here".

"As bad as the problems of growth are, the problems of decline are even worse".

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The financial incentives NY lavished on Amazon to lure the company there especially troubled many local liberals.

City Council meetings in December and January showed Amazon executives who showed up the stern opposition they could expect from some elected officials and labor organizers.

Amazon announced today in a statement that the company would withdraw its plans to construct their anticipated "HQ2" amid pushback from the community and politicians representing the area.

Hours before the announcement, Amazon officials in NY betrayed no knowledge of the deal's cancellation when they met with local community members on Thursday morning, said Kenny Greenberg, a neon artist and member of Long Island City's community board.

"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", a statement published on Amazon's blog said.

Amazon said it was disappointed to have reached the decision and declared that it loves NY with its "incomparable dynamism, people and culture".

Hogan didn't elaborate on when state officials might meet with Amazon. Cuomo said the potential loss of the largest job-creation project in the city's history would be "a blow" to NY that could have lasting impact. Both would get 25,000 jobs. That high-level deal-making ignored the people on the ground, critics noted, and ignored the fact that Amazon is one of the wealthiest companies on the planet.

Cuomo and de Blasio were largely responsible for helping bring Amazon to NY, a deal that would have seen 25,000 jobs, paying approximately $150,000 per year, enter Long Island City.

Reopening talks with former HQ2 contestants did not make sense, the people said.

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