Amazon has canceled plans to build a headquarters in New York, citing opposition from some local politicians who objected to the tax breaks and other incentives the company was to receive.
In a statement, Amazon said that the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials.
Amazon stated, “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.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats but also political rivals in the Empire State, were both in favor of Amazon locating its headquarters in Long Island City.
Amazon, in its statement, said it does not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time. The company is moving forward with a new east coast headquarters in Northern Virginia and a new operations center in Nashville, TN.