Amazon reconsidering move to NY

Gov. Cuomo fires broadsides at Senate Dems over Amazon opposition and taxes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned a crowd on Long Island that Senate Democrats are eyeing a tax hike

"We get 27 [billion], they get 3 billion back".

Meanwhile, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo defended the deal Friday. Reports the tech giant was reconsidering its plans amid a fierce public backlash sent a jolt through the real estate community that was pinning their hopes on a significant pickup in activity.

NY also offered up to $505 million in subsidies.

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?".

Polsinelli said she's been contacted by about 20 new buyers showing interest in seeing properties in Long Island City. Now he has been recommended to serve on the Public Authorities Control Board, which has veto power over a $500 million construction grant that was part of the construction deal with Amazon. To state the obvious: it's a 24-hour city with a great talent pool, public transit, easy access to Wall Street, and proximity to other major cities. Several welcomed the news that Amazon might be rethinking the plan.

The person briefed on the matter said that Amazon was still working toward winning approval from NY officials and had not given up on the proposal, but was considering potential alternatives to NY.

Rumor has it Amazon is thinking about walking away from its agreement to put its next headquarters in New York City.

"It is irresponsible to allow political opposition to overcome sound government policy", he said. "The city and state are working closely together to make sure Amazon's expansion is planned smartly, and to ensure this fast-growing neighborhood has the transportation, schools and infrastructure it needs".

"The mayor fully expects Amazon to deliver on its promise to New Yorkers", said his spokesman Eric Phillips in a statement. Amazon is reportedly experimenting with direct brand relationships, rather than working with agencies to negotiate deals, in a strategy more traditional platforms have been slower to explore.

"If Amazon is reconsidering getting out of its plan to open a headquarters in NY, as has been reported by the Washington Post, we welcome the opportunity to talk further with the e-commerce giant", he said Friday. But the mayor said he was "not sorry at all" that the city and state didn't go higher than $2.25 billion. Amazon is already finding this out in its home city of Seattle, and it's running into opposition in NY because numerous people there don't think it fits. "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. Amazon's plan also calls for an initial 4 million-square-foot commitment to the National Landing neighborhood of Arlington, Va.

Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents touting the economic benefits of its NY expansion.

If the deal does fall through, some fear it could have broader repercussions on New York's ability to attract top corporations. And New York is notoriously unfriendly to businesses that are unfriendly to unions.

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