New York City and the state at large pledged $2.5 billion in tax breaks for Amazon to build its headquarters in the city, arguing that the projected 25,000 jobs the company would bring to the state were worth it.
Furthering Amazon's troubles is the recent nomination of one of its most outspoken critics, state Senator Michael Gianaris, to the Public Authorities Control Board.
"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders", it said.
Amazon has been derided by some NY politicians, who have been critical of the project and its almost $2 billion in incentives cities agreed to provide in exchange for an estimated 25,000 well-paid jobs.
The company, which announced past year that it had chosen a site in Long Island City to house 25,000 employees, has not leased or purchased office space for the project yet, making it easy to withdraw the commitment, according to the Washington Post.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says he hasn't heard from Amazon since the e-commerce giant broke the news to him and other South Florida officials that the region came up short in its bid to land HQ2.
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Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents touting the economic benefits of its NY expansion.
As part of the deal, Amazon would stand to receive "performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion" for creating the 25,000 jobs in Long Island City. "If they stop Amazon from coming to NY, they're going to have the people of NY to explain it to", he said on Friday, according to Capital Tonight reporter Nick Reisman.
However, with all its critics, Amazon still has two very powerful supporters: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Spheres is an Amazon work site in Seattle. It was one of the richest subsidy offers of the entire process - up to $7 billion from the city and state to lure Amazon. Back in November, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the project as one benefiting a large outside corporation over local NY residents. They oppose the almost US$3 billion of financial incentives Amazon won from the city and state, and say the influx of new well-paid workers could push out existing residents and add to congestion on the already overcrowded subway. Amazon also selected Nashville to host a 5,000-person "center of excellence" for its operations business.
That year-long search could be starting all over again. "New Yorkers wont be bullied by Jeff Bezos, and if Amazon is unwilling to respect workers and communities they will never be welcome in New York City".
He told the Guardian: "Amazon has extorted ny from the first day of this process, and this seems to be their latest effort to do that". What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.
Any major multinational would have multiple reasons to expand in New York City, given its highly skilled workforce and status as a hub for the technology, entertainment and advertising industries-all areas where Amazon is expanding.