During a political science hearing today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it is "mission critical" that Amazon builds HQ2 in Long Island City. The Blasio's remarks come a few days after a report that widespread extinction from residents and local politicians has prompted Amazon to reconsider the move, as the company said would create at least 25,000 jobs.
According to NY1, De Blasio told the state legislature that New York City needs jobs and income that would be created by Amazon. However, other Democrats in the city council and state senate have been very prominent in the agreement. Amazon was offered incentives, including grants, tax credits, and breaks of up to $ 2.8 billion.
The Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported yesterday Friday that Amazon is considering its plans for the New York City branch of HQ2. It has not rented or purchased office space for HQ2 in Long Island City, and final approval is not expected from New York until 2020, so withdrawing from the agreement would be relatively easy. In contrast, a bill to authorize up to $ 750 million in state aid to Amazon was signed in law last week in Virginia, where the second branch of HQ2 will be located.
While Amazon has not yet made an official statement on the fate of New York City plans, reports that it was thoughtfully welcomed by residents concerned about campus impact on housing plans and infrastructure.
A major complexizer for Amazon's New York City plans is the nomination of State Sensor Michael Gianaris, where the Queens District includes Long Island City, the State Control Committee, which must approve the agreement. Gianaris has been very critical of it and said that city and state incentives would be better spent on local programs such as transport, schools and affordable housing instead.
De Blasio defended the offer to the state legislature and said that "the vast majority of the subsidy received by Amazon stood incentive programs."