The company is looking to employ up to 50,000 employee’s in the two locations….
The search has been around the country….
Amazon has several other New York metro location that they could finally choose if they don’t pick Long Island City including Belmont Park in Elmont, the proposed Heartland mini-city development in Brentwood and Brookhaven Calabro Airport in Shirley….
Amazon, the Seattle-based electronic commerce and cloud computing giant that has been searching for a second base of operations is finalizing plans to split its new hub between two East Coast cities — Crystal City, Virginia, and Long Island City, Queens, according to published reports.
The New York Times and other outlets are reporting that Amazon decided to use the two locations to house 50,000 employees, ending speculation and serenades over the past year by politicians in major cities -— including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo — to add one of the nation’s most prosperous employers and its employees to their tax rolls.
Cuomo met with Amazon in his Manhattan office two weeks ago, a state source said, adding that he proposed Long Island City and stressing that the Queens location is a finalist, but not chosen yet by Amazon.
“I am doing everything I can,” Cuomo told reporters when asked Monday about the state’s efforts to lure the company, the Times reported. “We have a great incentive package,” he said.
The source said the state government is ready to make a substantial offer for Amazon to seal the deal.
Amazon could not be reached for comment Monday night. A spokesman for Empire State Development, the state’s primary business-aid agency, declined to comment on Monday night.
The Times report said Amazon is close to a deal to establish ties in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va., a Washington suburb, and that the company already has more employees in these two areas than anywhere else outside of its headquarters in Seattle.
Long Island City is part of a larger downstate application by the state to Amazon that also included Long Island. In January, Amazon said the metropolitan region, including Long Island, was among 20 finalists for the company’s second headquarters….