Breaking reports state that Amazon is considering placing its second headquarters in New York after all. Two individuals with the company have said it is really in the hands of the state politicians as to whether or not the company deems the move as worth their effort.
Considering that the state of Virginia and the city of Nashville have been so welcoming to the idea that the headquarters be based at their location, Amazon is still giving New York another look.
Based in Seattle, the tech giant has not leased nor purchased any office space for the planned expansion of its company headquarters. However, the Washing Post, also owned by Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, is reporting that New York is once again on the company’s radar as a possible choice.
The two individuals cited as the source of information, would only speak on the condition of anonymity. They stated that the executives within Amazon are indeed looking at New York again, to make sure they have all their bases covered. This is not to be perceived as Virginia or Nashville are being thought of as out of the running, or additional locales will cease to be considered.
The Post’s article made clear that executives have no intent to abandon a possible New York location at this time in the decision-making process, and have even mentioned that Amazon sees the continued consideration as a viable method to pressure New York's lawmakers.
If one were to look at a poll taken in December, 57% of residents in New York City are highly in favor of Amazon establishing their new headquarters there, with only 26% of residents actually opposing the plan.
The most prominent opponent is that of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The shoved back against the idea because by bringing the jobs to the city, Amazon was requesting tax breaks. Cortez seems to believe that with the crumbling infrastructure that is New York, the city would be better off without Amazon than to cut them a deal and bring money and jobs to the area.
In January, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who seems to believe like Cortez that the faltering economy of New York is better without Amazon, rather than with, emphasized that in no way shape or form is the deal a "done deal."
He went on to say that every avenue has to be investigated to make sure that the city does not "get played." If Cortez and Johnson have their way, the city will be missing out on 25,000 good paying jobs, that quite possibly Virginia or Nashville will benefit from.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Are New York legislators really so short-sighted that they would say no to jobs and city revenue?