Cuomo pushing back on resistance to new Amazon campus in NYC

Cuomo pushing back on resistance to new Amazon campus in NYC

A half dozen more hearings are scheduled for January through March in advance of a vote by the New York State Public Authorities Control Board, which according to state law has final say over the "approval of the financing and construction of any project proposed by state public benefit corporations".

Amazon may not deliver a new headquarters to New York City after all.

But another source familiar with Amazon's thinking disputed the report, telling The New York Times, "I think that's a bit far in my opinion". State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D., Queens), who is deputy majority leader in the Senate, has also criticized the project.

"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders", an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially".

In November, Amazon announced plans for a new campus in Long Island City, Queens where it would employ 25,000 people in one of two major new offices planned after a national competition, the other going to Arlington, Virginia. "It is irresponsible to allow political opposition to overcome sound government policy", said Cuomo. The company has also launched an aggressive mailer campaign to Queens residents "from your new neighbors at Amazon" to counter anti-Amazon flyers distributed by Gianaris.

Detractors-including including US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a nearby district in Queens and the Bronx-have pointed to the potential neighborhood disruption, strains on an already congested public transit system, and rising rent and property prices that could push out existing residents from nearby neighborhoods.

"No one knows for sure if (the article) is true, and Amazon has been pretty tight-lipped on if they have wandering eyes", the source said.

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No one city will be home to Amazon's second North American headquarters. It was one of the richest subsidy offers of the entire process - up to $7 billion from the city and state to lure Amazon.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has touted the deal to bring Amazon to NY, criticized state Democrats. They oppose the almost US$3 billion of financial incentives Amazon won from the city and state, and say the influx of new well-paid workers could push out existing residents and add to congestion on the already overcrowded subway. Back in November, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the project as one benefiting a large outside corporation over local NY residents.

State officials in Tennessee, where Amazon plans to add 5,000 jobs in Nashville, this week approved $15.2 million in road, sewer, and other improvements.

At the outset of its search a year ago, Amazon said it was looking for a business-friendly environment.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo framed the original announcement as a tremendous job creation opportunity for the entire New York region.

"We are the only global city in America with the talent, tax favorable environment and tactical position to fit a global logistics company like Amazon", he said in a statement.

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