The Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported on Friday that the company is "reconsidering" its plan to place an office facility for up to 25,000 employees in Long Island City, Queens.
According to the Post story: "Amazon executives have had internal discussions recently to reassess the situation in NY and explore alternatives, said the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly about the company's perspective".
Amazon also has plans to build new hubs in Virginia and Tennessee, both of which have been more welcoming to the idea in comparison to NY.
The announcement, however, was immediately by local NY politicians.
In a statement on Friday, Amazon said it was working to engage with New Yorkers, but did not discuss whether it would change its plans.
Amazon is moving forward with plans to construct another headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, near the nation's capital.
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"This whole thing has been bungled since day one by the mayor and the governor and Amazon", he said.
The source said the article could be a trial balloon for either side: It could be the NY community sending a signal to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, or it could be Bezos testing the waters.
Furthering Amazon's troubles is the recent nomination of one of its most outspoken critics, state Senator Michael Gianaris, to the Public Authorities Control Board.
New York City lawmakers who weren't intimately involved with the "HQ2" bid to bring in Amazon have been sharply critical of giving billions in taxpayer dollars to the world's most valuable corporation, so it can add to an already existing presence in the region.
He told the Guardian: "Amazon has extorted NY from the first day of this process, and this seems to be their latest effort to do that".
It can also apply for other tax incentives, such as New York City's Relocation and Employment Assistance Program that offers tax breaks potentially worth $900 million over 12 years.
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One reason for the big difference in whether Amazon is welcomed or not lies in the nature of the locations where the new headquarters would be.
In addition, community activists are organizing vocal protests, ramping up legal challenges and are convincing politicians who had previously supported the Amazon move to oppose it.
If Amazon is reconsidering its Long Island City campus, it's not telling close partners on the project.
One supporter of the deal Van Bramer spoke to "seemed genuinely anxious, and that led me to believe that it was real", he said.
The Legislature and governor would have to sign off on a New York City-only millionaires tax.
Contrast the opposition in NY with the welcome in Virginia, and you can see why Amazon executives are reconsidering their choice. Amazon has done so in Northern Virginia.
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