Amazon's plan to locate a headquarters in New York City has sparked protests, but satte Governor Andrew Cuomo repeated his support for the plan Photo: GETTY/AFP/File
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Amazon reconsidering move to New York: report

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By Drew Angerer

Amazon is rethinking its decision to create an additional headquarters in New York City amid opposition from key political leaders and protests in the community, The Washington Post reported.

The Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, cited two sources familiar with the company who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The report comes after the appointment of an Amazon critic to an oversight board with the potential to veto the deal for one of two locations selected by Amazon for its "HQ2," along with a site near Washington.

Several local officials and newly elected Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district borders the New York site, opposed the Amazon deal.

They voiced concerns that the promised 25,000 jobs could inflate an already overpriced housing market and strain infrastructure.

The plan announced last year was backed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the city's Mayor Bill de Blasio, but has been the object of demonstrations in the following weeks.

Critics claim the deal offers too many subsidies to one of the world's largest companies, led by the world's richest man. Some surveys meanwhile have suggested the Amazon HQ plan is supported by residents.

Amazon did not directly address the report but said it was focused on engaging with its future neighbors.

"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 company told AFP.

It's not clear what Amazon would do if it dropped the plan for New York. It has won approval for a location in the Virginia suburbs of the U.S. capital as it outgrows its headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

At a news conference Friday, Cuomo said opposition is led by "a very small group of politicians who are pandering to the local politics" and repeated his support for the Amazon deal.

"We need Amazon," the governor said. "There is no (other) business that brings 25,000 jobs."

But Stuart Appelbaum of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said Amazon had failed to address concerns voiced about the plan.

"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves," Appelbaum said. "A major problem is the way the deal was put together shrouded in secrecy and ignoring what New Yorkers want and need."

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I am from New York. I know exactly where the area Amazon wants to move into. They want to build their Headquarters in the Long Island City area of Queens. An area that has seen a huge surge in gentrification and expanding to other connecting neighborhoods in Queens. That area has been pushing out Minorities and some long standing residents for over a decade. The rising costs in that area is high and desirable because of its close proximity to Midtown Manhattan. Literally takes 2 minutes to get to Midtown by car, bus, or train. That area also suffers from a lot of congrestion and traffic because it is the only direct route from Manhattan to Queens where you do not have to pay a toll. During rush hour, that traffic car make a 2 minute drive become 2 hours.

With Amazon headquarters there it would hasten the gentrification, cause a bigger increase in housing cost in an Area where most current residents have trouble keeping up, and it would make the commute for many people even worst.

The other huge problem that has New Yorkers against the Amazon move is because the Government is subsidizing the move. Hundreds of millions in costs will become a tax payers burden and not the actual company. Our transportation system is supposedly on the brink of bankruptcy and out public school system is suffering in many areas because there is not enough funding. Homelessness is becoming a huge problem in New York especially amongst those that have school aged children. Sure, Amazon may bring jobs, but what affect will that have when that area and the surrounding areas become incapable of being lived in by the people that work there? Especially by a company that is under constant scrutiny for not properly paying their employees.

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Just as we said no to the 2020 Olympics that Tokyo fawned over, we are also saying no to this "deal."

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Especially by a company that is under constant scrutiny for not properly paying their employees.

HQ employes aren't warehouse workers.

If you won't want to move and you own the location, then don't sell.

Will 25K more people using mass transit and bicycles matter in NYC? Really? Wouldn't their taxes and fairs allow any necessary expansion? If not, then the transit system has bigger issues.

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NYC hasn’t seen many HQ in almost have a century. The big guys moved out. Is there a return back? Low income people have been moving out of the downtown or almost downtown areas for years. Regardless of where Amz chooses to establish HQ2, the area will have problems. Stay in NYC.

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Screw Amazon and screw corporate Dems like Cuomo.

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New York, where they only like banker money?

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