AMAZON Cancels second headquarters site in Long Island City, New York

February 14, 2019 – By Jake Johnson, CommonDreams.org

Photo: People opposed to Amazon’s plan to locate a headquarters in New York City hold a protest inside of an Amazon book store on 34th. St. on November 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Anything Is Possible,’ Declares Ocasio-Cortez After Defeat of ‘Amazon’s Corporate Greed’ in New York

Months of tireless organizing, campaigning, and mobilization by ordinary New Yorkers was credited with Amazon’s decision on Thursday to cancel its widely condemned plan to locate a second headquarters site in Long Island City, New York.     

“Anything is possible,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the fiercest publicly-elected officials opposed to the deal. “Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”

“The deal is dead. We killed the Amazon deal,” declared New York City public advocate candidate Nomiki Konst. “NYC is not a city where we reward and welcome exploitative companies who hand out candy but wreck communities. Amazon has always been a company that disrespects workers and small [businesses]. Congrats organizers. This is your win.”

“POWER OF THE PEOPLE,” former New York attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout exclaimed, saying Amazon’s decision to abandon the New York headquarters project left her “speechless.”

In a statement announcing its decision, Amazon pointed to the “number of state and local politicians” who “have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us” as the reason it ultimately decided to pull the plug on the New York City headquarters, which would have been built in exchange for billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies.

“We are deeply grateful to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and their staffs, who so enthusiastically and graciously invited us to build in New York City and supported us during the process,” Amazon’s statement continued.

In an appearance on MSNBC after Amazon’s announcement, Democratic state Sen. Michael Gianaris—a vocal critic of the Amazon deal—explained why it’s good for New York that the corporate giant pulled the plug.

“There’s no reason the richest among us can shake us all down to get as much of our public dollars as possible just to grace us with their presence. And today New York took a stand,” Gianaris said.

“If the terms of their being here were a ‘take it or leave it’ proposal that they put on the table, where they get three billion of our dollars and there was no discussion of making sure the housing market could accommodate them, that the subways would not be continuing to crumble as they are, that the schools would not continue to be overcrowded—none of those conversations happened,” Gianaris concluded. “The only thing that happened was they said, ‘Give us your money or we’re leaving.’ And if those are the terms, then it’s a good thing that they left.”

Source: https://www.commondreams.org/news

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Amazon cancels New York City campus plan – BBC News

Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City.

Incentives promised to Amazon angered opponents

Amazon has said it will not build a new headquarters in New York, citing fierce opposition from state and local politicians.

The dramatic turnabout comes just months after the firm named New York City one of two sites selected for major expansion over the next decades.

City and state leaders had agreed to provide about $3bn (£2.3bn) in incentives to secure that investment.

Those subsidies had prompted fierce backlash in some quarters.

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