NEW YORK (WABC) –
Amazon announced on Thursday that it will not build a headquarters in Queens because of local opposition.
"After much thought and deliberation, we have decided not to proceed with our planner to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens," spokeswoman Jodi Seth said in a statement.
Last week, the Washington Post first reported that Amazon was rethinking the plan.
Mayor de Blasio slammed Amazon to withdraw from the deal.
"You have to be tough in doing so in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the largest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away the opportunity. have the best talent in the world, and every day we grow a stronger and fair economy for everyone, "he said. "If Amazon can't recognize what's worth, its competitors will."
At the same time, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who had characterized Amazon's plan, had not yet commented on the decision.
An indication that Cuomo grew worried about opposition to the Amazon agreement and reports that the company had other thoughts was evident in the comments he made during an interview on Tuesday with a New York City radio station.
"I don't think they bluff. I think this is very serious," he said then.
Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart cousins, whose appointment of Michael Gianaris to a key post, started all this, said "the process was clearly wrong."
Gianaris said the decision "shows why they would be a bad partner for New York. .. Amazon continued its efforts to shakedown governments to get their way. "
Nicole Malliotakis, who ran against the mayor and is a frequent critic, said" Nice to go anti-capitalists. Taxpayers wanted a better deal, not to kill the deal. "
Everything is possible: today was a group of committed, everyday New Yorkers, and their neighbors defeated Amazon's wealth of business, exploitation of the worker and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k
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The online retailer resisted some New York politicians and activists who were disgruntled with billions of dollars in tax incentives and grants awarded to Amazon.
The move would have brought 25,000 jobs to New York City.
Jimmy Van Bramer and other members of the city council had attempted to get Amazon officials to accept remain neutral in the face of any union station. Van Bramer said he believes that Amazon feared the possibility of a successful union station in New York:
"They knew their anti-union, their virulent anti-union position here was not durable here and if they caved here then they would
Unlike New York, elected officials in Virginia have welcomed the company with open arms.
The company does not open the search again and will rebuild the jobs to North Virginia, the second site chosen for the Amazon headquarters, and Nashville, Tennessee.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy kept the door open in case Amazon changed.
"After learning from the decision to withdraw of his chosen HQ2 site, I contacted Amazon and City of Newark stakeholders directly, continuing a constant dialogue taking place my time as governor. New Jersey is open to business and now more than ever is Newark th A clear choice as the next presence for Amazon offices. Amazon now has the opportunity to join Newark's history of a city increasingly, says Murphy.
Full text of the Amazon sentence:
After much thought and reflection, we decided not to proceed with the plans to build an Amazon headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. . For Amazon, the commitment to building a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with government and local elected officials who will be supportive of the long while polls show that 70% of New York's support our plans and investments, a number of state and local politicians have done It is clear that they oppose our presence and will not cooperate with us to build the kind of relationships required to continue with the project we and many others thought of in Long Island City.
We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion. We love New York, its incomparable dynamics, people and culture – and especially the community of Long Island City, where we have come to know so many optimistic, forward-looking community leaders, small business owners, and residents. There are currently over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island, and we plan to continue to grow these teams.
We are deeply grateful to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and their staff, who so enthusiastically and graciously invited us to build in New York City and supported us during the process. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have worked tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers to encourage local investment and job creation, and we cannot speak positively about all their efforts. The firm commitment and dedication that these leaders have demonstrated to the communities they represent inspired us from the beginning and is one of the major reasons why our decision was so difficult.
We do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time. We will continue as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to employ and grow across our 17 offices and tech hubs in the United States and Canada.
Thanks again to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and the many other community leaders and residents who welcomed our plans and supported us along the way. We hope to have future opportunities to work together as we continue to build our presence in New York over time.
Make the road New York –
"This announcement marks a landmark victory for our communities and shows the power of the people, even when they take on the richest man in the world , co-executive director Deborah Axt said. "Our members and allies stood firm against Governor Cuomo's plan to give away more than $ 3 billion in tax missions so that Amazon could force its empire into our neighborhoods … We also know that Amazon will continue to push its deeply worrying tactics, including anti-work policies, fuel displacement, collaborating with ICE and raiding public coupons, in other communities across the country, such as Northern Virginia, Nashville and Seattle, and we are in solidarity with these communities . "  City Councilman Eric Ulrich –
" It never ceases to amaze me how the high voices of someone could ruin the chance of a better life for so many, "he said in a statement." Amazon had great plans for the store in Queens and we blew it! They would invest in our future, rent locally, contribute to society and make the world's largest city even bigger … This seen A bad precedent is moving forward, and will deter other companies from setting up shop in our city. "
Proxy Cory Johnson –
" I am looking forward to working with companies who understand that if you are willing to engage with New Yorkers and work through challenging issues, New York City is The world's best place to do business, he says. "I hope this is the start of a conversation about gripping capitalism and where our tax money is best spent. I know I would choose mass mailing across the helipads some day."
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