Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) celebrated the Amazon's abandonment of the plans of the multi-billion dollar company to establish a new headquarters in New York City, which it hailed as a victory for the activists.
Amazon Opted Out for Long Island City, Queens The list of potential locations for what was named "HQ2" after the Town Hall provided tax relief of $ 1.52 billion over 25,000 jobs over a decade created for New Yorkers. Overall, the state and city offered subsidies of up to 3 billion US dollars.
Critics were upset over offering massive subsidies to the digital company, as local rents were expected to rise sharply on Amazon's entry The infrastructure already in trouble and the company's record of workers' rights were among others taken into consideration.
The New York State Senate also opposed the agreement. The New York Post reported that senators' desire to abolish and renegotiate the Amazon subsidy package ultimately led the business to abandon its HQ2 project in the city.
"Anything is possible: today was the day when a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors overcame Amazon's corporate greed, the exploitation of its workers and the power of the world's richest man," Ocasio-Cortez said. whose district would have been affected by Amazon's new HQ. wrote on Twitter.
Amazon owns Jeff Bezos who, according to Forbes has a fortune of $ 1
"After much thought and reflection, we decided not to pursue our plans to build an Amazon head office in Long Island City, Queens," the company said in a statement announcing its decision.
"For Amazon, the obligation to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials, who will be supportive in the long term.
" As 70% of New Yorkers make our plans and investments A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they are resisting our presence and will not work with us to build the kind of relationships needed to advance our project, and many others in Long Island City.
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, criticized Amazon for putting HQ2 on hold.
"You have to be tough to make it in New York City," de Blasio said in a 1965 statement 02] "We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the largest city in the world, and instead of working with the community, Amazon has rejected that opportunity."
"We have the best talent in the world and Every day we grow a stronger and fairer economy for all – if Amazon can not see what it's worth, its competitors will do it. "