But other lawmakers representing New York City have raised concerns about the $3 billion in tax incentives and the rent increases expected to accompany the arrival of its headquarters.
Amazon's second headquarters may not be coming to New York City after all. Following Friday's Washington Post report, Crain's Chicago Business reported that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker had already reached out to Amazon officials asking them to reconsider Chicago as an HQ2 location. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D., Queens), who is deputy majority leader in the Senate, has also criticized the project.
It noted that it's working with its "new neighbors" in Queens, including small business owners, educators and community leaders.
In the face of widespread and impassioned opposition from local politicians, progressive members of Congress, and ordinary New Yorkers, Amazon is reportedly having second thoughts about its plan to locate a second headquarters site in Long Island City.
Instead, the economic development plum of the century known as HQ2 - with a $5 billion investment and 50,000, six-figure jobs - would be divided between Crystal City, Va. and the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, N.Y.
"If Amazon does not come to NY, it's because of the political opposition".
Fearful of losing almost $3 billion in subsidies for its expansion in New York City, Amazon has moved to a new strategy, one involving threats.
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Meanwhile, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic representative from NY who has been one of the most vocal critics of Amazon, saw the news of a potential withdrawal as a victory.
The company's brass had to endure a series of hearings in the City Council in recent weeks, in which politicians blasted Amazon's record on labor issues and its refusal to accede to a unionization drive at its Staten Island distribution center. It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans. "Yes, they can", she said in a Tweet.
NY city councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents the Queens neighborhood and opposes the deal, told the Guardian he had heard "some rumbling in the last few days" that "Amazon was teetering or rethinking".
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?" "This is the beginning of a process where the public and the City Council and other elected officials are going to continue to seek answers and understand whether or not this is a good deal for New York City, or if we got played".
That year-long search could be starting all over again.
He told the Guardian: "Amazon has extorted NY from the first day of this process, and this seems to be their latest effort to do that".
A spokesperson for Miami WorldCenter, which had been considered as a potential landing spot for a hypothetical Miami HQ2, said Amazon has not gotten back in touch about any new projects. What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.