Amazon cancels New York City headquarters plan, ends search

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Other New York officials have praised the company's decision to not move to the city, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D).

A backlash began in earnest when Amazon announced two winners to split the offices last November: Arlington, Virginia, and New York's Long Island City neighborhood, with NY offering incentives worth $1.53 billion to Amazon. "For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term". In December, she accused the company of "trying to trample democracy" and take shortcuts to get approval for construction of a NY campus.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) tweeted that the news on Thursday was "absolutely disgraceful" and a "terrible loss of jobs for NY workers".

Furthermore, the statement read, "there are now over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams".

One of the city's most powerful private-sector unions, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said the company's abrupt exit confirmed its criticisms.

Amazon, which is also in cloud computing, streaming media and artificial intelligence, chose the site after a lengthy search, saying it was outgrowing its home in Seattle, Washington.

Amazon announced in November that it had chosen the Long Island City section of Queens for one of two new headquarters, with the other in Arlington, Virginia.

Interestingly enough, Amazon said it does not plan to reopen its search for another host city at this time.

De Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo received thanks twice in the Amazon statement.

"Today's behavior by Amazon shows why they would have been a bad partner for NY in any event", he said in a statement.

Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the news on Thursday in a tweet. Cities and states vied desperately for the economic stimulus, with New Jersey offering $7 billion in potential credits and the mayor of an Atlanta suburb promising to make Bezos mayor for life of a new city called "Amazon".

Amazon publicly announced Thursday that it was abandoning its plans to build in NY, though reports indicated the decision was in the works a week earlier.

But De Blasio blasted Amazon on Thursday.

Days later, Amazon executives weighed the pros and cons of whether to follow through with its NY headquarters, two people briefed on talks inside the company said. It instead focuses on how Amazon would have looked forward to establishing a presence in the state.

"We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone", de Blasio said. The proposed site is a former industrial zone adjacent to the country's largest public housing project and was reportedly earmarked for additional housing units before Amazon was given the land.

"Oh, we are just beginning!Now let's get a Congressional hearing on Amazon, labor, ICE, monopsony, how and why to break up Amazon", Teachout tweeted Thursday. Opposition against Amazon's headquarters ripped both electeds for providing the company with billions in subsidies.

Amazon had planned to spend $5bn on the two new developments and expected to get almost $3bn in tax credits and incentives, with plans to apply for more.