Amazon has not yet returned a request for comment from Fox News, but it did tell TechCrunch it is "focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders".
On Friday, The Washington Post reported that Amazon is reconsidering its decision to award New York City part of its HQ2 project, which the company has said would come with 25,000 jobs and billions in local investment.
Executives have had discussions to reassess their NY decision and explore different alternatives, said two people who spoke candidly about the perspective.
They've questioned whether its "worth it" to build the campus if NY politicians are opposed, one source told the Post. The financial incentives NY lavished on Amazon to lure the company there also troubled some liberals. Spokesman Mike Murphy said it's "unfortunate that the governor is trying to divide the Democratic Party at this crucial and historic time", after the Senate in the past few weeks approved reproductive health rights, gun control measures and protections for transgender New Yorkers and extended the ability of childhood sexual abuse survivors to seek redress in court.
The world's largest online retailer plans to spend $5 billion on the two new developments in Long Island City, in New York's Queens borough, and in Arlington, Virginia, and expects to get more than $2 billion in tax credits and incentives with plans to apply for more.
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"We need Amazon", the governor said.
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.
So, Amazon may be really thinking about pulling back on the New York HQ2 move. 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.
In Queens, Amazon is moving into an established area that's been going through transition lately; it is also where residents are already feeling the pressure of new jobs, rising rents and forced relocations of some local businesses. Protestors also disrupted the hearing. It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans. "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 neighbour we will be". The state gave them massive tax breaks to try to keep them around, gutting the local government's budget and shifting to burden to the taxpayers, but the company wound up nearly entirely leaving anyway.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who campaigned against the subsidy package, celebrated the news that Amazon may be reconsidering the whole deal. Plus, adding 25,000 high-paying jobs to this corner of Queens will only make gentrification worse, activists warn. Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.