- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated in a joint press conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo the news that Amazon has chosen Long Island City as one of the sites for its second headquarters, HQ2.
- New York is offering up more than $US1.5 billion in tax breaks to Amazon.
- That doesn’t mean de Blasio is a fan of the company, calling himself “old school” for his refusal to shop there.
- De Blasio previously said in October 2017 that Amazon and other online shopping destinations are “very destructive to communities.”
New York City is getting one of Amazon’s new headquarters – and the mayor couldn’t be happier.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced as much during a joint press conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, held after news broke that Amazon had chosen Long Island City as one of the sites for its second headquarters, HQ2.
De Blasio said it was “a great day for New York City” and “an extraordinary day for Queens” now that Amazon’s HQ2 is coming to town.
New York has offered more than $US1.5 billion in tax breaks if Amazon hits certain employment targets.
De Blasio also touted the scale of the HQ2 project, which he said “blows away anything we’ve ever seen.”
But de Blasio wasn’t always such a fan of Amazon.
The same day that New York confirmed it had submitted a bid to host Amazon’s new HQ2, de Blasio criticised the company, Politico reported back in October 2017.
“Something different is happening now that is very destructive to communities,” he said at the time. “A lot of people are turning to Amazon and other online options.”
The comments were made during a town hall in Brooklyn, less than an hour after the city released details about its proposal.
Old habits die hard, it seems.
Read more about Amazon’s HQ2 project:
- Amazon officially announces its HQ2 will be split between New York and Virginia
- Amazon finally explains why it’s cutting its second headquarters in half
- Arlington, Virginia, lured in Amazon with promises of a helipad and a cash grant of up to $US550 million
- New York City has lured Amazon with more than $US1.5 billion in incentives – here’s what else they agreed to
- We walked around Long Island City, the New York neighbourhood where Amazon is planning to bring HQ2, and saw why it’d be appealing to the e-commerce giant