New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was "mission-critical" during a public hearing that Amazon set up an HQ2 in Long Island City. De Blasio's remarks came a few days after a report that the outcry of the local population and local politicians had led Amazon to rethink the move, which would create at least 25,000 jobs, according to the company.
According to NY1, De Blasio told the state legislature that New York City needed the jobs and revenues that Amazon would create. Other Democrats in the City Council and the State Senate, however, were very open to the agreement. Amazon was offered incentives, including grants, tax credits, and breaks worth up to $ 2.8 billion.
The Washington Post (owned by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos) said last Friday that Amazon is re-evaluating its plans for HQ2's New York City office. It has not leased or purchased any office space for HQ2 in Long Island City, and final approval is not expected from the state of New York until 2020. Therefore, it would be relatively easy to retire from the business. In contrast, last week in Virginia, a $ 750 million State Subsidy Approval Act was signed for Amazon, where the other branch of HQ2 will be located.
Amazon has not yet made any official statement about fate New York City's plans report that the consideration was greeted by citizens who were worried that the campus was affecting their housing plans and infrastructure.
An important complainer to Amazon's New York City plans is the appointment of State Senator Michael Gianaris, whose Queens district includes Long Island City and the Public Controls Control Board, which must approve the deal. Gianaris was very critical, saying that city and state incentives should be better used for local programs such as transportation, schools and affordable housing.
De Blasio defended the offer to the state legislature and said, "The vast majority of The Subsidy that Amazon received was an incentive program. "