Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have been cheerleaders for the project, pointing to Amazon's promise to create 25,000 jobs with average annual income of $150,000. One point of contention could be Amazon's opposition to labor unions. "The Senate Democratic Majority Conference and our partners in the Assembly finally returned NY as the progressive beacon to the rest of the country".
Nearly immediately after Amazon announced past year that it chose Long Island City as one of two sites to build new corporate offices, a backlash emerged from lawmakers and community organizers in the Empire State. While none of this opposition is good for Amazon, it's not exactly unexpected.
Another criticism of the planned headquarters is that Amazon will be given many tax breaks to move in, which seems unfair considering the company is one of the wealthiest organizations on the planet. It took a year to choose NY as one of its next destinations. But, a source told the publication that Amazon will need to make a decision soon, as the company needs to start hiring or risk falling behind on the project. While nothing irreversible has happened, the ball is most certainly already in motion.
The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post report, but did circulate to reporters an editorial arguing that ny was running the risk of losing Amazon and that it would be bad news for the city if it did. But the only South Side site to which the Amazon team returned for multiple site visits was the South Loop mega-site known as "the 78".
"The state were the ones who were responsible for recommending opportunity zones", Patchett said, explaining that the list wasn't submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department for approval until April 2018, before any Amazon executives made site visits. To state the obvious: it's a 24-hour city with a great talent pool, public transit, easy access to Wall Street, and proximity to other major cities.
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned the bill for damages could reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Gabi Elgood, a local journalist, said: "We've never seen so much water in our lives. the rain just doesn't stop".
The Legislature and governor would have to sign off on a New York City-only millionaires tax. Effectively, Amazon would repopulate a neighborhood and would help Arlington County, Va. with a long-stated goal of revitalizing their community.
According to the Post, in the past two weeks, the state Senate nominated an outspoken Amazon critic to a board where he could potentially veto the deal. Either way, that certainly seems to be the way Cuomo is handling the news.
"Together with city and state agencies, we ran a data-driven process to prioritize outer-borough areas with the potential for job creation and affordable housing investment", said Stephanie Baez, a spokeswoman for Katz and the Economic Development Corp., a nonprofit organization whose board is appointed by the mayor.
Van Bramer turned to James Patchett, chief executive officer of the New York City Economic Development Corp., which led the city's efforts to win the Amazon bid. Spokesman Mike Murphy said it's "unfortunate that the governor is trying to divide the Democratic Party at this crucial and historic time", after the Senate in the past few weeks approved reproductive health rights, gun control measures and protections for transgender New Yorkers and extended the ability of childhood sexual abuse survivors to seek redress in court. "This is getting the business community very anxious about the future of NY".