Amazon may be rethinking plans for New York City headquarters

Amazon is reconsidering its New York Headquarters after fierce political opposition, according to a report.

The report, which cited unnamed sources, said Amazon executives have had discussions recently to rethink the company's plans for NY and consider alternatives.

Shawn Dixon (left) worries about his neighborhood and business when Amazon comes to town.

Amazon's plan to open a second headquarters in New York City may be in danger. "I would do that all day long", Cuomo said at a press conference in Long Island, where he was talking about the budget for the area. The company said it will receive performance-based incentives of $1.525 billion from the state of NY, including an average $48,000 for each job it creates.

We reached out to a number of Dallas civic officials and real estate professionals who were involved with the HQ2 pitch to get their thoughts on the situation.

The project's critics offered their own perspectives. What started as a virtual celebration of Amazon's prominence has transformed into condemnation over a big company using its clout to extract taxpayer dollars and disrupt communities. In Long Island City, they saw this as a threat. It's had some success in the past blocking major projects.

"Chicago was initially considered for Amazon's new headquarters and the economic opportunity is certainly welcome here", Preckwinkle was quoted as saying.

Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, are pushing for the Amazon deal after being instrumental in securing it.

In mid-November, Amazon made official the disappointing news Chicago had known for a week.

Detractors-including including US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a nearby district in Queens and the Bronx-have pointed to the potential neighborhood disruption, strains on an already congested public transit system, and rising rent and property prices that could push out existing residents from nearby neighborhoods.

The governor surprised onlookers Friday when he gave a slide presentation during an economic development speech on Long Island and listed his top legislative priorities in a series of slides. "It's not over, but I'm proud of the values we fought for". "When we don't consult with those communities, we absolutely need to reconsider those deals and that process".

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming", one person familiar with Amaozn's plans told the Washington Post. Many locals, however, have protested at stores and hearings, and the city's council has badgered Amazon executives about the company's position on unions. The county board of supervisors has expressed strong support for the Amazon headquarters and is planning to pass a local incentive package in March. A third city, Nashville, won an Amazon operations hub with 5,000 workers.

NY state Sen. "But not if that means that we're crushing unions, not if that means that we're terrorizing immigrants", Van Bramer said. "It's setting a bad precedent", Carlo Scissura, president and CEO, New York Building Congress, told CNN Business on Friday. But it's hard to believe that CEO Jeff Bezos was naive enough to believe he'd get the same reception in NY.

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