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Amazon NOT Going to New York

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UPDATE: Gov. Cuomo is mad.

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UPDATE: Mayor Bill de Blasio is channeling his anger at Amazon, not the politicians who scared them away.

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After backlash from New York lawmakers, Amazon has reversed a decision to build a new headquarters in New York. Without the ability to cultivate relationships with local officials, the company sees little reason to proceed. They released a statement on Thursday.

After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.

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The decision will dismay Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who as of last week said the state needs Amazon, adding that the political opposition to the HQ was "dangerous." The state Senate's rejection of it? "Governmental malpractice." Meanwhile, other New York politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drove the opposition. 

The company will continue with plans to build a headquarters in northern Virginia and another in Nashville.

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