Amazon's HQ2 NYC: Amazon reconsiders headquarters after local opposition, report says

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has touted the deal to bring Amazon to NY, criticized state Democrats.

The shares initially dipped when the Washington Post report was posted Friday but then quickly gained back some of the loss.

Amazon.com is reconsidering locating part of its new headquarters in NY because of local opposition, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two people familiar with the global retailer's thinking.

Since Amazon announced plans to build a New York City facility in November, the project has been the target of vocal opposition from politicians, community groups and residents. A third city, Nashville, won an Amazon operations hub with 5,000 workers.

Stuart Applebaum, the President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said that if the deal is to fall apart, Amazon only has themselves to blame.

"Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be", the statement read.

In the face of heated local opposition, Amazon is reportedly reconsidering building a new headquarters in New York City.

"Bezos is one of those guys who doesn't like to lose, so does he fight it and win it or does he just (go) elsewhere?" the source said.

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Even if the deal falls through with NY, the deal with Virginia would still stand.

The two have been at the forefront of the Amazon opposition, and most recently, Sen.

New York City lawmakers who weren't intimately involved with the "HQ2" bid to bring in Amazon have been sharply critical of giving billions in taxpayer dollars to the world's most valuable corporation, so it can add to an already existing presence in the region.

The source said New Jersey officials have not been given any indication that Amazon is considering moving out of NY.

According to the Post, in the past two weeks, the state Senate nominated an outspoken Amazon critic to a board where he could potentially veto the deal. "I think most of the neighborhood hasn't wanted them here". But the only South Side site to which the Amazon team returned for multiple site visits was the South Loop mega-site known as "the 78".

Supported by the NY governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, the plan has faced a torrent of opposition from elected officials, activists and unions, angry that the company is set to get up to $3bn in tax breaks and subsidies.

Protestors unfurl anti-Amazon banners during a New York City Council Finance Committee hearing on January 30.

"The mayor fully expects Amazon to deliver on its promise to New Yorkers", said his spokesman Eric Phillips in a statement. The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level.

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