Amazon backed out of a planned deal Thursday to create a campus in New York after local politicians and critics panned the idea.
“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,” Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth said in a statement. (RELATED: New York City May Be On The Verge Of Losing Its Massive Deal With Amazon)
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio supported the deal, but many locals protested at stores and hearings, and the city’s council has badgered Amazon executives about the company’s position on unions.
Amazon is moving forward with plans to construct another center in Arlington, Virginia, near the nation’s capital. The project in New York was expected to create 25,000 jobs. A smaller project in Nashville, Tennessee, is expected to create 5,000 new jobs.
Things started breaking down in January when Amazon Vice President Brian Huseman said his company would fight efforts to unionize the campus.
Huseman fielded questions from New York City council members Wednesday during a meeting at City Hall. Council Speaker Corey Johnson peppered Huseman on his company’s intent to fight unions after accepting a $3 billion payment in tax breaks and subsidies to locate a new facility in the city.
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