Amazon Abandons Plan to Build Headquarters in New York amid Oppositions

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Amazon decided to cancel its plan to build another headquarters in New York, conceding to strong opposition from local politicians.

In a statement, Jodi Seth, the spokeswoman for e-commerce giant, said, “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens.”

Additionally, Ms. Seth indicated the company’s decision was prompted by the oppositions from state and local politicians. According to her, the opponents made it clear that they don’t want Amazon’s presence and “will not work” with the company to build relationships necessary to move forward with the project.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio worked hard in the negotiations to win the Amazon deal.

In November, the e-commerce giant picked Long Island City to be the home of its new headquarters. Cuomo and de Blasio cheered the company’s decision and touted that the deal would bring more than 25,000 high-paying jobs and over $27 billion in state and local tax revenues.

Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio strongly defended the Amazon deal

However, a small group of state and local politicians opposed the deal particularly the $3 billion in tax incentives offered to company. Cuomo and de Blasio strongly defended the agreement.