"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders", it said.
The Washington Post reported earlier Friday that Amazon is reconsidering the plans, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.
Amazon has been derided by some NY politicians, who have been critical of the project and its almost $2 billion in incentives cities agreed to provide in exchange for an estimated 25,000 well-paid jobs. A representative for Amazon did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment.
Amazon may end up deciding that its plan to split its East Coast HQ2 between NYC and Virginia isn't worth the trouble. "Unlike in Virginia-where elected leaders quickly passed an incentive package for a separate headquarters facility-final approval from NY state is not expected until 2020". After learning about this possible stall, Governor Ned Lamont announced on Twitter that the state is in talks with Amazon about possibly moving the headquarters to CT.
The Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.
When the details of the behind-closed-doors agreement the NY government made with Amazon were made public in November, as Common Dreams reported, critics immediately decried the deal as "corporate bribery" that would harm public housing projects and contribute to soaring inequality while handing the tech behemoth billions in taxpayer incentives.
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Chelsea made a deal to sign United States Men's National Team and Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic for $73.8 million in the summer.
A spokesperson for Miami WorldCenter, which had been considered as a potential landing spot for a hypothetical Miami HQ2, said Amazon has not gotten back in touch about any new projects.
What appears to have happened here is that Amazon paid more attention to the incentives offered by NY than in making sure that the neighborhood they planned to occupy was a proper fit.
In November, the online retailer announced that it has chosen two locations for its new HQ2 project, one in Long Island City, and a second in Virginia. "Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbour we will be". But it's not for nothing that Amazon wants to be in NY.
Though, both the governor and the mayor continue to fully support the deal to bring the tech giant to New York City.
At a contentious City Council meeting last week, Amazon's public policy director Brian Huseman touted the deal's benefits for the city, but also said that Amazon wants to invest in a "community that wants us".
After receiving the bad news, Emanuel acknowledged that subsidies were at least a part of the reason why Chicago lost the Amazon sweepstakes.
According to Amazon's press release, the company will also receive "performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion" for the creation of the jobs.
Sure, Amazon shimmied into Virginia and got everything it wanted.