Facing Opposition, Amazon Reconsiders New York Headquarters Site

Labor 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. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Robert McCartneyJonathan O’Connell Patricia Sullivan on February 10, 2019.

Amazon.com is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City, according to two people familiar with the company’s thinking, following a wave of political and community opposition.

Hailed as an economic triumph when it was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), the project now faces withering criticism from some elected officials and advocacy groups appalled at the prospect of giving giant subsidies to the world’s most valuable company, led by its richest man. (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)

In the past two weeks, the state Senate nominated an outspoken Amazon critic to a state board where he could potentially veto the deal, and City Council members for the second time aggressively challenged company executives at a hearing where activists booed and unfurled anti-Amazon banners. Key officials, including freshman US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), whose district borders the proposed Amazon site, have railed against the project. …

Washington Post 2/8

About Jeffrey Burman 4005 Articles
Jeff Burman represents assistant editors on the Guild’s Board of Directors. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

Leave a Reply

UA-83546600-1