New York’s local politicians and community activities have openly stated their opposition when it comes to Amazon building the 25,000-job facility.
Amazon abruptly announced on Thursday that it had canceled all plans to build its new headquarters that was supposed to make New York City its second home.
Jodi Seth, a spokesperson for Amazon, stated that after much deliberation and listening to what the city wants, Amazon has decided to cancel the plans of building a headquarters location in Long Island. Seth also said that to build a new headquarters, Amazon requires both positive and collaborative relations with local and state elected officials who are supportive over the long-term.
Amazon announced in November that it is building a massive complex in Queens with the potential of employing over 25,000 people. There was a year-long process of narrowing down hundreds of pitches to a short list of 20. Ultimately, Long Island won the pitch and was designated the new location for Amazon’s HQ2.
While polls show that approximately 70% of New York’s population supports the project, it’s the state and local politicians that have made it clear that they are against both the project and Amazon’s presence in the city. The politicians have also claimed that they won’t work with Amazon to build the relationships required for the plan.
Many members of New York’s anti-poverty and retail worker’s union are disappointed with Amazon’s reaction to how the politicians feel and its apparent “our way or no way” policy.
Marc Perrone, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Union, made a statement that said Amazon showed their true colors and all Americans need to be outraged. He also claimed that Jeff Bezos had the chance to listen to the voices of working families, but instead chose to cancel the plans altogether.
In a final statement made by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Thursday was the day that dedicated New Yorkers and neighbors took down Amazon’s corporate greed, worker exploitation, and the power of Jeff Bezos—the richest man in the world.