Amazon is dropping its plan to set up a second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, above, for now amid strong opposition from local activists and politicians to $3 billion incentives being offered by the state and the city to the tech giant.
Amazon’s decision will deprive New Yorkers of 25,000 high-paying jobs.
Activists and politicians argue that Amazon’s Queens campus would displace poor residents and raise rents.
While jobless locals support Amazon’s project, lawmakers including Sen Michael Gianaris and Rep. Alexandria Ocaiso-Cortez oppose the heavily subsidised scheme. This negative approach by local leaders has forced Amazon not to go forward with the project.
Amazon thanked Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for their efforts to promote the new campus called HQ2.
As planned, the company will create 25,000 jobs in Arlington, Northern Virginia, and set up a logistics hub in Nashville. It will also continue to hire and grow across its 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the US and Canada.