Amazon Abandons Plans for New York Headquarters

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Amazon.com announced Thursday morning it won't be building an HQ2 headquarters in Long Island City, a neighborhood in Queens, New York. But instead of reopening what was a year-long search for a second headquarters, Amazon said it will proceed with plans for other major offices at a site in Northern Virginia and Nashville. Amazon didn't say if the cancellation of the NY plan would lead to a larger expansion in Virginia. Several welcomed the news that Amazon might be rethinking the plan.

Rising star Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district borders Long Island City, was among those who voiced concern about its plans for NY after they were revealed.

"I'll just say I've communicated with the people of Amazon that we're still here, they know that", Tory said at an event on Tuesday.

The Teamsters union also lauded the company's decision to ditch NY.

The company said on Thursday it was canceling its plans to build in Long Island City in Queens after facing fierce opposition from local politicians, including Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If elected officials in Nashville and Northern Virginia have learned anything from this fight, we hope it's that offering corporate welfare to giant companies with highly questionable records of social responsibility is a mistake.

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The deal would have meant an estimated 25,000 new jobs for the city. We hope to have future chances to collaborate as we continue to build our presence in NY over time.

Unlike Northern Virginia, many state and local politicians in NY have opposed Amazon's presence.

In a statement, Mayor de Blasio said Amazon "threw away" its opportunity "to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world".

"Now more than ever, Newark is the clear choice as the next presence for Amazon corporate offices", he said in a statement.

Hogan didn't elaborate on when state officials might meet with Amazon.

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In a statement issued on Thursday, Amazon specifically referenced a lack of support from state and local officials as a reason it pulled the plug on the lucrative project.

"The fundamentals of New York's business climate and community that attracted Amazon to be here - our talent pool, world-class education system, commitment to diversity and progressivism - remain and we won't be deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State".

Rumors surfaced last week suggesting Amazon was considering pulling out of the deal following unexpected pushback.

Does North Texas really have a shot at luring one of Amazon's new headquarters, now that the company has canceled plans to build HQ2 in NY?

Furthermore, the statement read, "there are now over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams". Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have worked tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers to encourage local investment and job creation, and we can't speak positively enough about all their efforts.

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And while both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio came out in strong support of the deal, others such as Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez came out against it. We hope to have future chances to collaborate as we continue to build our presence in NY over time.

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