Amazon is reportedly reconsidering its plan to build part of its new headquarters in New York City following pushback from area lawmakers and activists.
Two sources familiar with Amazon’s plans told The Washington Post that the retail giant is weighing whether it is “worth it” to bring its headquarters to Queens as local politicians and critics, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY.), drum up anti-Amazon fervor.
“The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming,” one person familiar with Amazon’s plans told the Post.
Activists mounted the campaign against Amazon’s Queens headquarters last year after the company announced it had chosen New York City to host half of its highly-anticipated “HQ2,” which it says will bring 25,000 new jobs to the area. Amazon announced it had chosen to split the headquarters between New York and Virginia after a months-long search in which it asked cities to offer up incentives packages.
Local lawmakers, including Ocasio-Cortez, have vocally opposed the creation of the headquarters, saying it will displace poor residents and raise rents. They have sharply criticized New York City’s decision to offer $3 billion in state and city incentives to lure in Amazon.
“Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after the Post’s report came out on Friday. “Yes, they can.”
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