Gone in a New York Minute: How the Amazon Deal Fell Apart

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio left said Sunday that Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez right was wrong to have claimed the collapse of the Amazon deal would free up $3 billion to fix the city’s subways and hire more teachers

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"The total package negotiated for Amazon, as unfair as it was to other companies and to hardworking, less affluent taxpayers living upstate and not benefiting from the deal, would have still given NY a net tax revenue increase that could have been spent on a progressive wish list". Or do you fetch up with the progressive mayor, Bill de Blasio?

Arlington is more welcoming partly because it has been trying for years to lure a company to fill commercial office spaces left vacant by a Pentagon withdrawal more than a decade ago. Polls showed a majority of New Yorkers supported the new campus, but Amazon grew more wary when state Sen.

Cuomo said it was a "lost economic opportunity" for ny. Members of the New York City Council joined in, grilling company executives at hearings in December and January over their record with unions and about the closed-door negotiations with state and city officials that had produced the biggest project-based incentive package in state history.

Even Governor Andrew Cuomo got in on the action: "I'll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that's what it takes", he joked at the time. "If this was 2012, 2013, and we had more typical levels of unemployment, you'd have half as much opposition and their voices wouldn't be as powerful".

Local politicians may have blown it by granting incentives without explaining the positives for a hard-hit area of the city in a way people can grasp. According to urban policy experts and other observers of the fracas, there's plenty of blame to go around: regional politicians who didn't properly consult local interests, local officials who turned the debate into a national bully pulpit on unrelated issues such as the merits of facial recognition technology, and an economic development process that for decades has pitted USA city against city in a destructive battle to court the largest companies in the world. The Special Briefing tells you what you need to know about an important issue, individual or story that is making news.

"Jeff Bezos should stand up and fire the site selection team", Florida said, referring to Amazon's founder and chief executive, who also owns The Washington Post.

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Abruptly scuttling its Big Apple plans blindsided Amazon's allies and opponents alike. The mayor later said the infusion of cash had nothing to do with the Amazon deal, and at the time Crain's speculated that the gesture was meant to placate a local City Council member and smooth the path to rezoning a portion of the neighborhood that has always been in the Department of City Planning's crosshairs. "Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity", the mayor said in a statement. And Nashville's offer didn't come with some of the attention-grabbing perks that New York's did.

Stewart-Cousins said she could not make any guarantees. Julie Samuels, executive director of Tech:NYC, a group that advocates for tech-friendly urban policies, says "culturally, the problem was they were not equipped for people to not be excited". "This is going to embolden people who don't like corporate welfare across the country".

The rising concerns about gentrification have contributed to growth of an outspoken, anti-corporate wing of the Democratic Party, spurred as well by opposition to President Donald Trump.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was among the prominent opponents who raised objections to the almost $3 billion in government incentives Amazon had been given to locate in Queens.

One effect was that some political leaders who originally supported the Amazon plan changed their minds, and other supporters declined to speak up strongly in favour of the project. Some people also disliked Amazon's anti-labor position.

A bipartisan state board of legislative leaders that reviews major incentive deals had many hours of discussions on Amazon before an agreement was reached for the new campus, said Stephen Moret, who runs the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. On Sunday, the mayor pitched the question beyond city limits.

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