By Gabriella Agliata '19
Amazon had contrived a plan to build an expansive corporate campus in Queens, New York. However, these preparations were put to a stop due to backlash from lawmakers, progressive activists, and union leaders. They argued that such a wealthy cooperation didn’t deserve nearly 3 billion dollars in government incentives. As a result of this, the state of New York sprung into a heated debate of whether or not subsidies are being given out.
The company then pulled out of this construction, delivering a huge blow to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, and damaging their effort to further diversify the city’s economy by making it an inviting location for the technology industry. In fact, Amazon made a statement saying, “A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward.” DeBlasio tried to reach out to Amazon’s chief executive, but the official refused to speak to him.
Many of the company’s supporters in the business showed strong support for the second headquarters, but it wasn’t enough to keep the plan intact. The governor blamed the newly emboldened Democrats who now control the State Senate for derailing the project. He was significantly disappointed and said that the protestors put personal interest above the community’s well-being. Amazon stated that despite the overwhelming issues that engulfed this project, they still have an undying loyalty towards New York City.