According to a Washington Post report on Friday that cited unnamed sources, Amazon executives have been in discussions recently and are rethinking their plans to open up a new campus in New York City's Long Island City neighborhood.
Cuomo and Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio say Amazon will transform Queens' Long Island City area into a high-tech hub and spur economic growth that will pay for the $2.8 billion in state and city incentives many times over.
Amazon is having second thoughts about plans to build a massive office in New York City, according to a new report from The Washington Post.
Reports claim that company officials are determining whether or not to "reassess" the current plans to operate out of NYC; given that the company has yet to purchase or lease office space for the project it would not be hard to move to a different location. The Amazon deal has continued to face a thick wall of criticism, and a number of politicians have jumped on board, including NY state Senator Michael Gianaris. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called it an example of corporate welfare, and Sen.
"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.
Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, on January 29, 2016. Cuomo has veto power over the appointment, but doing so would draw the ire of a State Senate now controlled by Democrats.
Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents, touting the economic and jobs benefits of its NY expansion, trying to blunt opposition from some local lawmakers who said Amazon received too many tax and other benefits.
Cuomo slammed the possibility that Amazon would pull out, blaming "political opposition". Andrea Stewart-Cousins, temporary president and majority leader of the New York State Senate, made the recommendation.
Amazon may be second-guessing its plan to build a new campus in New York City.
Lawmakers and advocates say the reforms are needed to reduce the number of people sent to prison and make the state's criminal justice system fairer and more focused on rehabilitation. Since Amazon announced its plans, homebuyers had signed 132 contracts in the neighborhood as of February 3, his data show, up from 40 signed in the same period a year earlier. It recently hired a public relations firm in NY and started looking for a "senior community affairs manager" to focus on building a positive partnership with community groups, local stakeholders and nonprofits. In New York, the state government created a set of incentives designed to attract the company but structured those incentives to effectively bypass the local government.
The Amazon deal likely will be a hot topic again during Tuesday's budget hearing on economic development.