Cuomo Blames Senate Democrats Amid Amazon Uncertainty


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 Friday.

While the Post's report cited two people who were familiar with the matter, a third has spoken to The New York Times' City Hall reporter and said that there were no plans to abandon ship just yet.

Unions, which have organized most of the deal opposition on the grounds that e-commerce destroys traditional retail jobs, said the Washington Post report suggests Amazon is threatening to pull the plug on the efforts to pressure ny politicians and galvanize support.

Amazon has not yet leased or purchased any office space in the area, meaning it wouldn't suffer any financial repercussions for changing its mind.

"If they stop Amazon from coming to New York they're going to have the people of New York State to explain it to", Cuomo said.

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NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter Friday to comment on the reports.

It noted that it's working with its "new neighbors" in Queens, including small business owners, educators and community leaders.

In Virginia, the existing large population of highly-paid tech workers means Amazon will fit right in. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) also opposed Amazon's expansion there, telling the Fox Business Network that his goal was to see the deal "thrown into the garbage". After learning about this possible stall, Governor Ned Lamont announced on Twitter that the state is in talks with Amazon about possibly moving the headquarters to CT.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic representative who has been outspoken against the Amazon deal, tweeted about the report that it is rethinking the project in NY, writing: "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?". Meanwhile, city council members last week pressed executives on their plans and criticized Amazon for being an anti-union company (New York is largely a pro-labor city). Amazon's vice president for public policy, Brian Huseman, stated during a city council meeting: "We were invited to come to NY, and we want to invest in a community that wants us".

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Sen. Deputy Majority Leader, Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria, speaks with reporters after listening to New York Gov, on January 19, 2015.

Amazon, for its part, has tried to win over its future neighbors.

The source noted that Amazon was still working toward winning approval from NY officials and has not yet given up completely on NY as the location of their headquarters, which plans to create 25,000 Amazon jobs.

The announcement, however, was immediately by local NY politicians.

An article in the New York Times concerning Cuomo's reaction to Amazon's potential pullout casts doubt on such a move, noting that Amazon doesn't really have a backup.

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The Amazon deal likely will be a hot topic again during Tuesday's budget hearing on economic development.