Lamont contacting Amazon about second headquarters

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After facing opposition from lawmakers and residents, Amazon might not built its second headquarters in NY after all.

In a statement on Friday, Amazon said it was working to engage with New Yorkers, but did not discuss whether it would change its plans.

Amazon is reconsidering opening part of its second headquarters in NY after fierce opposition from lawmakers, according to a new report.

More broadly, the Amazon farce has shone a spotlight on the sordid process of economic development deals, which cost cities and states up to $90 billion annually while local services suffer from a lack of funds.

"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders", an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

The Washington Post - citing two people who were familiar with company's thinking - said the company is considering pulling out of the deal after continually running into resistance from some local ny officials.

Last November, the e-commerce giant announced it would split its massive second headquarters between Long Island and Crystal City, Virginia.

Cuomo admitted that the community surrounding the site is "nervous", but he says the 25,000 jobs that Amazon has promised to create are worth any inconvenience. The company has also launched an aggressive mailer campaign to Queens residents "from your new neighbors at Amazon" to counter anti-Amazon flyers distributed by Gianaris.

"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves", said Stuart Applebaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Protestors unfurl anti-Amazon banners during a New York City Council Finance Committee hearing on January 30.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented on the report via Twitter and said, "Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world's biggest corporations?" Gianaris was recently nominated to a state board that has the power to veto the deal (though he has not yet been confirmed by staunch Amazon supporter Governor Cuomo). It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans.

Supported by the NY governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, the plan has faced a torrent of opposition from elected officials, activists and unions, angry that the company is set to get up to $3bn in tax breaks and subsidies. According to The Post, Amazon has yet to sign a lease for office space or lock itself into anything legally binding it to its commitment to put HQ2 in New York City.

The source said New Jersey officials have told Amazon that Newark would be the most logical spot to relocate, since so many of Amazon's officials involved in the move already are familiar with the area.

That year-long search could be starting all over again. Even before these subsidies, New York City has been struggling to fund acceptable public transportation and affordable housing. Google is bringing 20,000 jobs to NY for the minimal possible subsidy involved. What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.

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