- Amazon announced on Thursday that it had canceled its planned HQ2 project for New York City.
- In a blog post announcing its plans, Amazon called out state and local politicians for their opposition to the second headquarters.
- Angry New Yorkers are criticising politicians for costing the city thousands of new jobs.
While some local politicians are celebrating the news that Amazon has killed its plans to open a new headquarters in New York City, some residents are furious that political protests over the past few months have cost the city thousands of new jobs.
Since Amazon announced it would be opening part of its second headquarters in New York, it has faced an onslaught of criticism from politicians and activists who opposed the roughly $US3 billion in tax incentives that the city and state had offered Amazon. Some also argued that the project would put pressure on local infrastructure and send rents soaring.
In a blog post on Thursday, the retail giant called out state and local politicians and hinted that their protests were behind its decision to kill its plans to come to New York.
AMAZON CANCELS NEW YORK HQ2
“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. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term,” it said.
It continued: “A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”
In the post, Amazon pointed to a recent poll that found that 70% of New Yorkers supported plans for HQ2. This poll was commissioned by Amazon itself, however, and other polls have generated different results.
Despite this, some residents are still lamenting the loss of the roughly 40,000 jobs that Amazon was expected to create with the project:
[[[-_-]]]™ Now let's see that same effort to try and bring 25,000 jobs to the unemployed in NYC! ???? @nycgov @NYCMayor @CentralLaborNYC @NYCComptroller @amazon @NYCCouncil @CoreyinNYC Sometimes NYC has to be humble to see a difference! Now we get nothing…
— BOOMBASH (@BOOMBASH) February 14, 2019
I was at the rally in Long Island City, Queens moments ago where city councilman Jimmy Van Bramer proudly announced his group’s victory over Amazon’s now-axed plans for HQ2. Crowd was yelling “Jimmy, WHAT ABOUT THE JOBS?” pic.twitter.com/PgmnAlmGRo
— Alex Heath (@alexeheath) February 14, 2019
Because sometimes people need to STFU… this would have brought so many jobs to NY.. I don’t care if some here get pissed with me.. this was a HUGE loss for NY ..
Amazon cancels New York City HQ2 plans – CNET https://t.co/y2stuFtAZR
— ????✨ Johanna13 ✨???? (@Jalbarron13) February 14, 2019
Congratulations to the imbeciles in @NYCMayor all in the name of unions. As much as I am in favor of unions Long Island city and New York City have lost sight of the big picture. Having AMAZON come in and hiring people who make over $100,000 certainly boost a economy 1/2
— Peter Droste (@DrostePeter) February 14, 2019
What did the far left accomplish for New York by pressuring Amazon to leave? We lost thousands of jobs and millions in infrastructure. And now some other city will benefit. So stupid! #AmazonHQ2
— Austin (@Indepforlife) February 14, 2019
- Read more on Amazon abandoning New York:
- Amazon says it won’t reopen its HQ2 search after bailing on New York City
- Amazon isn’t coming to New York City – and it’s a kick in the face for the people who bet big on property in Queens
- Virginia is now the sole winner of Amazon’s HQ2. Here’s what its planned neighbourhood could look like.
- Amazon’s HQ2 deal with New York is officially off – and it means that the state and city will lose out on $US27.5 billion in tax revenue
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