Amazon elected to stop plans to build its long-discussed second headquarters in New York City.
Unlike the incomplete reports on mainstream media, specifically CNN, the reason for Amazon’s decision, from the perspective of New York public officials, can be summed up as the firm being anti-union and demanding too many tax-breaks, even though its founder, Jeff Bezos, is worth $100 billion.
Amazon issued this statement: “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens”, said Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth.
The Open Markets Institute sent this press release to Zennie62Media:
Today, New Yorkers won a big victory against one of the most powerful corporations in the world. The New York Times reported that Amazon cancelled plans to build a second “headquarters,” or HQ2, in Queens in exchange for nearly $3 billion in subsidies from the people of New York. Open Markets Institute applauds the citizens, grass roots organizers, and local lawmakers who rejected the bad deal struck last November by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Open Markets board member Zephyr Teachout has been a vocal opponent of the deal and a lead organizer in the movement to block Amazon’s exploitation of New York. “This is a really huge win,” she said today. “It’s extraordinary when individual workers and independent businesses can beat the richest man in the world, with his army of lobbyists and consultants. We are at a turning point in this country. The American people are no longer going to bow down to wealth and corporate control.”
Open Markets Executive Director Barry Lynn said, “Americans should now drive forward to protect our democracy and markets from Amazon’s increasingly dangerous concentration of power and control. We have all the tools we need in America’s traditional anti-monopoly laws to make Amazon safe for the people who buy and sell on its online marketplaces. It’s time to demand that our law enforcers and politicians stand up and do the jobs we hired them to do, which is to cut Amazon down to size.”
Amazon also stated that it would not seek a second location for what was called “Amazon HQ2”.
Amazon's decision to yank HQ2 out of Long Island City means New York City and New York state could lose up to $27.5 billion in potential tax revenue https://t.co/uQNCK5VL2F
— Bob Bryan (@RobertBryan4) February 14, 2019
Amazon won't build an HQ in New York City.
— Bloomberg Graphics (@BBGVisualData) February 14, 2019