The state has made calls to Amazon officials to express its continued interest to take over the project - one that promises 25,000 jobs - the source told ROI-NJ on Friday afternoon. The company said it will receive performance-based incentives of $1.525 billion from the state of NY, including an average $48,000 for each job it creates.
This much is certain: The plan to give Amazon tax breaks of $3 billion to come to Long Island City has been met with resistance and backlash from some local groups and politicians, nearly since the day it was announced that the area was co-winner of an RFP process that attracted more than 200 proposals from across North America.
So, Amazon may be really thinking about pulling back on the New York HQ2 move.
Nearly immediately after Amazon announced past year that it chose Long Island City as one of two sites to build new corporate offices, a backlash emerged from lawmakers and community organizers in the Empire State.
A number of political figures - including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and state senator Michael Gianaris (whose district includes Amazon's proposed site) - have balked at the plans, particularly New York's offer of $3 billion in subsidies for the project.
After Amazon announced its plans to open a second headquarters past year, cities across the state wrote in proposals, from Hartford to Danbury.
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And not everyone has jumped to lay out the welcome mat.
On Friday, Cuomo reacted angrily when asked during a pre-planned, unrelated news conference about the possibility that Amazon might bail on NY.
Several of them, including "the 78", enticed Amazon enough to get two site visits. Gianaris was nominated to the Public Authorities Control Board, which has the power to veto the Amazon deal completely.
"Structured in the right way, this type of development would bring tens of thousands of good-paying jobs to the South Side and provide an influx of new economic activity into some of Chicago's most disinvested neighborhoods".
Van Bramer said he would be glad to see Amazon go. He notes Google is coming to the city without a massive incentive package.
Preckwinkle issued her own statement saying she supports Pritzker's efforts to encourage Amazon to "reconsider Chicago, including South Side locations" for the 25,000-job prize known as "HQ2". Council Speaker Corey Johnson criticized Amazon last week for pitting workers against one another.
Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said if the Amazon deal falls apart they will have nobody to blame but themselves.
Critics also say the project would drive up rent and tax New York's already troubled transit system. "I was elected to advocate for our community's interests - and they've requested, clearly, to voice their concerns".