Amazon HQ move spurs backlash from NY council, locals & other politicians

L.A. loses bid for Amazon HQ2 and thousands of possible jobs. Here’s why some experts are relieved

The Operations Center of Excellence will create some 5,000 new jobs.

A Fitch Ratings analysis notes that 25,000 Amazon jobs would amount to less than 1 percent of the labor force in either New York's or DC's metropolitan statistical area. That includes $1.2 billion in refundable tax credits under the state's Excelsior jobs program - equivalent to $48,000 a job over the next decade.

It also happens to have checked all of Amazon's boxes. But the question on everyone's minds was: How will New York City benefit?

The bulk of Virginia's tax incentives come in the form of a cash grant of $22,000 for each job added over the next 12 years, as long as the average annual wage of those jobs is at least $150,000 - a total of $550 million if Amazon adds the 25,000 jobs it says it will, and up to $750 million it if adds more jobs on top of that. Virginia will also invest $195 million in infrastructure improvements to Metro stations and pedestrian routes near the project. Incentives from the city could sway Amazon to create reportedly around 25,000 new jobs, though there's no guarantee those jobs will go to those already living in the area. That deal is expected to bring just 13,000 jobs.

Both the city and the state components of the incentive package will have to be approved by various legislative bodies. "I don't know how they calculated it, and what they actually calculated", Cuomo said. "Because of the scale of the jobs Amazon is creating, they get pretty big very quickly".

Gillibrand, a Democrat who represents NY in the Senate, criticized the incentives used to lure Amazon and faulted what she called a "lack of community input" in the decision-making process. Michael Gianaris, a Democratic member of the New York State Senate representing Long Island City, and Democrat Jimmy Van Bramer, deputy leader of the New York City Council, said in a joint statement that it was "unfathomable that we would sign a $3 billion check to Amazon" at a time when the New York City subway was "crumbling" and schools and health care providers were under pressure.

"We are witness to a cynical game in which Amazon duped NY into offering unprecedented amounts of tax dollars to one of the wealthiest companies on Earth". Some officials in NY have welcomed Amazon's decision, and the Empire State Building was bathed in orange light Tuesday night after the tech giant revealed its choice. "It's likely they aren't necessary, but this is the status quo in economic development", he said.

The addition of Amazon to the neighborhood stands to burnish New York City's reputation as a tech capital.

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"I'm not against Amazon but I am against the way this is happening", Dixon said. In Virginia, Democratic Senator Mark Warner told a conference on Tuesday: "This process is probably the most unique economic development".

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo joked that he'd change his name to Amazon Cuomo if it would convince the tech behemoth to build its second headquarters in NY, I rolled my eyes.

Trump, a former real estate developer who has often feuded with the Jeff Bezos-helmed online retailer and threatened it with antitrust investigations, suggested in the interview that a decline in the company's fortunes would make the cities' incentives look foolish.

"I do have concerns, like many other people, over what Amazon is going to do to the local population and infrastructure, and how Long Island City is going to handle that", added Austad, a Long Island City resident for 16 years.

Amazon says it spent $4 billion developing its Seattle home after claiming the once-sleepy South Lake Union warehouse district that's unofficially rebranded "Amazonia" because of the company's 44-building (and counting) development spree.

Unconvinced, activists in Long Island City vowed to fight Amazon's plan Wednesday, criticizing the bidding process's lack of transparency. That puts it on par with rent in some buildings on the Upper East Side across the East River in Manhattan.

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