During a state legislature hearing today, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that it is "mission critical" that Amazon build HQ2 in Long Island City. De Blasio's remarks came a few days after a widespread outcry from residents and local politicians promptly prompted Amazon to reconsider the move, which would 25,000 jobs.
According to NY1, De Blasio told the state The New York City needs the jobs and revenue that would be created by Amazon. Other Democrats in city council and state senate, however, have been very outspoken against the deal. The Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported last Friday that the Amazon is reassessing its plans for the New York City branch of HQ2. New York state until the end of 2020, so it would not be easy to pull out of the deal. In contrast, a bill to authorize up to $ 750 million in state subscribes to Amazon, where the other branch of HQ2 wants to be located.
While Amazon has yet to make an official statement about the fate
One major complexifier to Amazon's New York City plans is the nomination of state senator Michael Gianaris, whose Queens district includes Long Island City, the Public Authorities Control Board, which needs to approve the deal. Gianaris has been very critical of saying that the city and state incentives would be better spent on local programs such as transportation, schools, and affordable housing.
De Blasio defended the offer to the state legislature the subsidy that amazon got was standing incentive programs. "