Report: Amazon reconsidering NY headquarters site

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(AP/NEWS10) – Amazon is reconsidering its second “headquarters” in New York City, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Last year, Amazon selected Arlington County, Virginia and New York City as the winners of its second headquarters sweepstakes.

The company has pledged to bring 25,000 jobs to each city over the next decade and $5 billion in investments between the two cities.

New York and New York City are offering Amazon up to $2.8 billion in tax breaks and grants to build the headquarters.

The decision to bring Amazon to New York has not come without controversy.

Some on New York City’s City Council have pushed back against the project and have even threatened to block it. On Monday, a leading critic of the project was nominated to serve on a state board with the power to reject the project.

The Washington Post reports that Amazon has yet to purchase or lease office space for the project.

So far, there have been no plans to abandon the project in New York, but the Washington Post reports that there have been internal discussions to “reassess the situation in New York and explore alternatives.”

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