Amazon reconsidering NY headquarters site after fierce opposition, according to officials
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Online retail giant Amazon is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City following a wave of opposition from local politicians -- according to two sources.
Released in the Washington Post, the company has not leased nor have purchased office space for the potential project, making it an easy decision to withdraw from the commitment. Unlike in Northern Virginia, where officials passed an incentive package for a separate facility, final approval from the state of New York is not expected until 2020.
Amazon executives have had internal discussions recently to reassess the situation in New York as well as exploring other alternatives, said the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly about the company’s perspective.
“The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming,” said one person familiar with the company’s plans.
There have been no specific plans to abandon the New York idea, as well as it being possible that Amazon would try to use a threat to withdraw to put pressure on New York elected officials. But with a meeting of the state’s Public Authorities Control Board and a third City Council hearing expected later this month, Amazon executives may be reaching an inflection point, the people said.