Amazon has dropped its plan build a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, New York.
“The commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term,” said a statement from the tech giant. “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.”
According to a report in the Verge, “The plans for Amazon to move into Queens were largely hashed out in secret, without input from local lawmakers. There was immediate backlash after the deal was announced, in part because of the major concessions that New York agreed to give Amazon to entice the company to move in.”
There are currently more than 5000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
In November 2018, Long Island City and National Landing, an urban community in northern Virginia were selected to host the headquarters of Amazon. In the statement, the company said it does not intend to reopen the search for a headquarters at this time and will proceed as planned in northern Virginia.