February 11, 2019
A report in the Washington Post that Amazon may be reconsidering the Long Island City portion of its two-campus scenario for a second headquarters has put the spotlight on political tensions over the e-tailing giant’s plans. Officially, Amazon says the deal to establish a New York City presence is still on track, according to published reports.
The Post account cited anonymous sources in reporting that Amazon executives have met internally to weigh their options in the face of New York lawmakers’ opposition to the project. Tax incentives to build in New York may not be approved until 2020.
In contrast, lawmakers in Virginia, where the company also plans an HQ2 campus, quickly passed an incentives package.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who along with Mayor Bill de Blasio negotiated the deal to bring Amazon to the city, warned Senate Democrats not to commit “governmental malpractice” and scuttle the deal.
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