The company has decided to NOT bring thousands of jobs and millions to a ‘Big Apple’ suburb that mounted a strong and loud political opposition…..
This is a punch in the gut to New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo who thought he had a deal…
Cities and states around the country had tried rot get the company to set up the campus and the jobs that would come with it….
This a fast moving story with more to come….
Amazon said on Thursday that it was canceling plans to build a corporate campus in New York City. The company had planned to build a sprawling complex in Long Island City, Queens, in exchange for nearly $3 billion in state and city incentives.
But the deal had run into fierce opposition from local lawmakers who criticized providing subsidies to one of the world’s most valuable companies. Amazon said the deal would have created more than 25,000 jobs.
Amazon’s decision is a major blow for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had set aside their differences to lure the giant tech company to New York.
As recently as Wednesday, the governor had brokered a meeting between Amazon executives and union leaders who had been resistant to the deal, according to two people briefed on the sit down. The meeting ended without any compromise on the part of Amazon, according to the people.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris, a vocal critic who was chosen for a state board with the power to veto the deal, said the decision revealed Amazon’s unwillingness to work with the Queens community it had wanted to join.
“Like a petulant child, Amazon insists on getting its way or takes its ball and leaves,” said Mr. Gianaris, a Democrat, whose neighborhood includes Long Island City. “The only thing that happened here is that a community that was going to be profoundly affected by their presence started asking questions.’’……
Look for blame on this being dropped on Democratic lefty Ocasio-Cortez-Cortez and Co. who are looking at getting their way…The cancellation is money New York City and the Metro area is NOT gonna get….
The opposition was to tax breaks Amazon was promised….