Following a yearlong public search for a new second headquarters dubbed HQ2, Amazon in November announced plans to build two 25,000-employee campuses, one in Long Island City, Queens, in NY, and another in Arlington, Virginia.
Amazon on Thursday announced it will pull out of plans to build a New York City headquarters in response to backlash from state and local politicians. "I think most people have a positive perception of Amazon, despite what folks in the tech industry, or folks sitting on Mercer at 5 o'clock, may think of the company".
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio recently told lawmakers at a state budget hearing on local government funding that the type of high-paying jobs the Amazon deal could bring to Queens are the kind the city needs to expand its technology sector.
Amazon is "disappointed to have reached this conclusion", the company said. Specifically, it says it expects to boost the current workforce of 5,000 Amazon employees who work in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
Seth said there are no plans to have another search for a second headquarters.
Amazon captured North America's attention in 2017, when it announced plans to build a second headquarters, prompting gushing overtures from politicians and publicity stunts from hopefuls eager to stand out.
The New York neighborhood of Long Island City had been one of two locations Amazon selected a year ago after a long search for a second headquarters or "HQ2".
Amazon suggested in their release that both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, and their staffs, "supported [Amazon] during the process" and "enthusiastically and graciously invited us to build in New York City". Some politicians in the city argue that the plan hands over huge financial incentives to one of the biggest companies in the world, while local residents complain about crowded neighborhoods and strained city services.
Will MPs face choice between deal and delay?
He seems to think no deal will be removed as an option and MPs will face a choice between deal and delay. But Labour pledged to oppose the move, accusing the Government of showing "contempt for our democracy".
"I'll just say I've communicated with the people of Amazon that we're still here, they know that", Tory said at an event on Tuesday. "You have to be tough to make it in New York City", he tweeted. "New York City is today one of the most dynamic tech hubs in the world, but there is no guarantee we will maintain this status in the future, which makes this news so disappointing".
De Blasio sounded bitter about the loss of Amazon, which reversed the deal clinched after months of negotiations.
Reports first surfaced last week that the online retail giant was potentially backing out of its planned NY venture. "We should be encouraging workers' efforts to unionize, protecting small businesses, and investing in our local community, not trillion-dollar corporations owned by the richest man on Earth", he wrote in the Gotham Gazette.
"We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone".
Amazon said it was disappointed to have reached the decision and declared that it loves NY with its "incomparable dynamism, people and culture".
At the time of Amazon's initial announcement in November, Ocasio-Cortez angrily took to Twitter to voice her opposition.
"Instead of an actual dialogue to try and resolve those issues, we get a call this morning "we're taking our ball and going home".