During a state legislature that was held today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was "mission critical" that Amazon built HQ2 in Long Island City. De Blasio's remarks arrive a few days after a report that the widespread protests of residents and local politicians have prompted Amazon to reconsider the move, which according to the company would create at least 25,000 jobs.
According to NY1, De Blasio told the state legislature that New York needs jobs and revenues that would be created by Amazon. Other Democrats on the city council and the state senate, however, have been very explicit against the agreement. Incentives were offered to Amazon, including grants, tax credits and breakages worth $ 2.8 billion.
The Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported last Friday that Amazon is reevaluating its plans for the HQ2 branch in New York. He has not rented or purchased office space for HQ2 in Long Island City and final approval is not expected from New York until 2020, so it would be relatively easy to withdraw from the agreement. In contrast, a law to authorize up to $ 750 million in state subsidies to Amazon was signed last week in Virginia, where the other branch of HQ2 will be located.
While Amazon has yet to make an official statement about the fate of New York City plans, the reports it is reconsidering have been met by residents worried about the impact of the campus on housing plans and infrastructure.
One of the major complexes of the New York City plans of Amazon is the appointment of state senator Michael Gianaris, whose queens the district includes Long Island City, to the control committee of public authorities, which must approve the & nbsp; agreement. Gianaris was very critical of him, saying that the incentives of cities and the state would be better spent on local programs such as transport, schools and housing at affordable prices.
De Blasio defended the offer to the state legislature, saying that "the vast majority of the subsidy obtained by Amazon consisted of incentive programs."