Cuomo lashed out at fellow NY politicians over Amazon's change of heart, saying the project would have helped diversify the city's economy, cement its status as an emerging tech hub and generate money for schools, housing and transit.
In pulling out, Amazon said it isn't looking for a replacement location "at this time". One executive hinted at the exasperation within the company, saying Amazon wanted to be in a community that wanted it.
After receiving 238 bids, Amazon whittled the list to 20 finalists, which included Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, and Columbus.
And there are plenty of others that do. "We will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the USA and Canada", it added, in a statement.
The e-commerce giant can always select another host city if it is deemed necessary in the future. New Jersey is open for business, and now more than ever, Newark is the clear choice as the next presence for Amazon corporate offices.
It said it did not plan to look for an alternative site.
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Ocasio-Cortez was joined by City Councillor Jimmy Van Bramer - who represents Long Island City on the council - and New York State Senator Michael Gianaris in opposing the headquarters deal.
Amazon employs over 5,000 people in New York City and said it plans to continue growing those teams. "Had they all just framed the tax incentives as, these are things any company in this geographic location can apply for and we'll see what happens, amazon could have gotten 80% of the money without any controversy", he said via text. Expanding in the face of those objections could have tarnished Amazon's brand. Indeed, numerous people who reacted to Ocasio-Cortez's tweet expressed anger.
Phil Murphy, the governor of neighboring New Jersey, wasted no time in calling for Amazon to reconsider his state for new offices now that NY is out of the running. "All due to ignorance and small mindedness", wrote one.
In his own statement, de Blasio was somewhat less gracious.
"Why should we subsidize the creation of 25,000 Amazon jobs when Amazon's entire business model seeks to eliminate millions of retail jobs", he said. "Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity", he said Thursday. On Feb. 14, Amazon announced it would indeed abandon its Long Island plans. The Twitterverse and news outlets were happy to offer suggestions. The company was going to receive almost $3 billion in state and city incentives. Officials in both Virginia and Tennessee have rubber stamped incentives and infrastructure packages for Amazon's forthcoming offices there. Protesters took to the streets in Long Island City, criticizing the deal for being bad for taxpayers and the neighborhood.
D-FW ranks among the top 10 metro areas where Amazon created new jobs, said Adam Sedo, Amazon spokesman.
Why it matters: Setting up shop in a region where you aren't welcomed is a lose-lose situation.