Amazon’s opponents think the company is bluffing about killing its HQ2 plan in NYC
According to a new report from the Washington Post, the company is reconsidering its development plans for New York. But it could be a political tactic to get Amazon’s opponents in line.
Amazon is reportedly reconsidering its contentious move to New York City,
Since Amazon announced back in November that one of its
Critics have taken issue with the
But many are questioning the reality of this threat. Several politicians and community leaders who oppose the deal say they’re skeptical that Amazon and its political supporters — chiefly, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — are floating the threat of Amazon leaving as a tactic to pressure opponents into backing down. The news comes at a time when it’s looking more likely that the New York State government may be able to block funding for the deal. Earlier this week, the New York Senate
“There is a story today that says Amazon may not come to New York. If Amazon does not come to New York, it’s because of the political opposition,” Cuomo said at the press conference, shortly after the report of Amazon leaving came out,
While Cuomo’s message seemed to be intended to strike fear, the leaders of the grassroots organizations that have helped organize protests against Amazon remained firm in their plans to block the deal.
“I hope it’s a serious threat, and I hope they leave,” said Jonathan Westin, director of New York Communities for Change, one of the leading community organizations opposing the deal. “But I also could completely believe this is just a ploy by Amazon to try and put pressure on elected officials and try to tamp down activists and momentum against this deal.”
Amazon has not confirmed if it is planning to drop its planned expansion in New York City. A representative for Amazon emailed the following statement:
“We’re focused on engaging with our new neighbors — small business owners, educators, and community leaders. Whether it’s building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be.”
Will Luckman, an organizer with New York Democratic Socialists of America, another group that has been organizing a grassroots campaign against Amazon’s New York HQ2 location, expressed similar doubts about the news that Amazon might pull out of the city.
“How seriously we can take this announcement — or whether it is just a threat to keep dissenting politicians in line, akin to