Amazon is reversing its plans to open a second headquarters in New York City, following intense political backlash. The company is blaming local politicians, who they accuse of "opposing their presence."
The original plan was to open a headquarters in Queens, largely funded by three billion dollars in state and city subsidy money. The plan was loudly denounced by many Queens residents, local politicians and non-local observers who criticize Amazon for draconian labor policies and projected ill effect on traffic and gentrification.
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Corey Jacobson, City Council Speaker, has responded to Amazon's wound-licking PR statements about being driven from the city by obstructionist politicians, "I look forward to working with companies that understand that if you're willing to engage with New Yorkers and work through challenging issues New York City is the world's best place to do business. I hope this is the start of a conversation about vulture capitalism and where our tax dollars are best spent. I know I'd choose mass transit over helipads any day."
Amazon is continuing to develop its other new offices in Northern Virginia and Nashville.
Cynthia Nixon, who ran against Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for New York governor, tweeted of the reversal, "Amen. The fight against Amazon laid bare their union-busting, corporate welfare, ICE-abetting practices and shows why we need to break up monopolies like Amazon."