Tag: Amazon.com Inc

New York Did Us All a Favor by Standing Up to Amazon

Imagine that a bunch of children are sitting around a table when a seemingly beneficent adult walks into the room carrying a plate of cupcakes. The kids burst out in excitement — until they notice a problem: There are fewer cupcakes than children. At this point, the adult announces some ground rules. To receive a […]

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Bill de Blasio: The Path Amazon Rejected

The first word I had that Amazon was about to scrap an agreement to bring 25,000 new jobs to New York City came an hour before it broke in the news on Thursday. The call was brief and there was little explanation for the company’s reversal. Just days before, I had counseled a senior Amazon […]

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In Amazon Fight, Progressives Showed What They Want: A New Economic Agenda

The political opposition that prompted Amazon to walk away from building a corporate headquarters in New York City featured a touchstone of the progressives’ economic agenda: ending tax policies that unfairly reward and pamper the wealthy. But it also exposed a political vulnerability, leaving unclear what alternative strategy they are offering to encourage growth and […]

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A Better Way to Attract Amazon’s Jobs

When Amazon abandoned its plans to build a new headquarters in New York, the foes of corporate greed declared victory. Yet, should all the outrage be aimed at Amazon? Certainly, in an era of concentrated wealth, taxpayers in big cities and small towns like Elwood, Ill., are rightly fed up with companies for accepting tax […]

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For Some 2020 Democrats, Rejection of Amazon Aligns With Far-Left Policy Views

The decision by Amazon this week to abandon its planned headquarters in New York City tapped into one of the major themes of left-wing Democrats: that giant corporations — and in some cases the billionaires who run them — must be held to account for wage inequality, corporate greed and middle-class stagnation. And some contenders […]

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Amazon Bails and New York Reacts: The City ‘Was Never Really On Board’

Like seemingly every New Yorker, Adrianne Santiago was eager to weigh in on Amazon’s decision to abandon its plans to build a vast campus in Queens and create more than 25,000 jobs. To Ms. Santiago, 33, who lives in Brooklyn, politicians presented the deal as a fait accompli to New Yorkers and offered no avenue […]

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Why the Amazon Deal Collapsed: A Tech Giant Stumbles in N.Y.’s Raucous Political Arena

A senior executive from Amazon, one of the world’s biggest companies, led by the world’s richest person, found himself last weekend in a showdown with a suburban state senator. The executive, Brian Huseman, who is based in Washington D.C., was trying to find out whether the New York state senator, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, would exert more […]

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Amazon Isn’t Interested in Making the World a Better Place

The announcement on Thursday that Amazon has canceled its plan to build a headquarters in New York City is no victory. It’s no defeat, either. What it is, to use a Big Apple term, is meh, yet another indication that the dulcet attractions of tech have lost their charm for many and that the business […]

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Northern Virginia Is Keeping Amazon’s 25,000 Jobs and It Wants You to Know It

WASHINGTON — When Amazon canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City this week, officials more than 200 miles away in Northern Virginia decided to make a statement. Their region had its act together, they had been far more prepared and they were free of drama. That message came from […]

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Amazon Invests in Rivian, a Tesla Rival in Electric Vehicles

A potential rival to Tesla in electric cars just got a big boost from Amazon. The online retail giant is leading a $700 million investment in Rivian, a Michigan company that is developing a battery-powered pickup truck and an electric sport utility vehicle. Rivian announced the new round of investment on Friday, offering few details […]

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New York Today: N.Y. Today: How the Amazon Deal Fell Apart

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Friday. We’re off Monday for Presidents’ Day. Weather: A hint of spring, with highs in the mid-50s, but overcast today with a chance of rain. Sunny but cooler over the weekend. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Presidents’ Day). ImageCreditBenjamin Norman for The […]

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New York Returns 25,000 Jobs to Amazon

“You have to be tough to make it in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio boasted, choosing to jeer at Amazon as it canceled its plans on Thursday to build a new headquarters in Queens, after some local officials angrily criticized its proposal. What a strange thing for the mayor to take pride in. […]

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In the End, Amazon Didn’t Win Its Own Subsidy Game

ImageOpponents of Amazon’s move into Queens rallied in celebration on Thursday after the company’s announcement that it would not put a headquarters there.CreditDrew Angerer/Getty Images In exchange for tens of thousands of tech jobs, cities promised Amazon the moon — and an airport lounge, and naming rights, and a chance to pocket its own employees’ […]

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What People Are Saying About Amazon’s Breakup With New York City

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The news on Thursday that Amazon had decided not to build a second headquarters in New York City was an equal-opportunity stunner, to the politicians and activists who had fought against it, and to the business leaders and elected […]

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Amazon’s Exit Forces a Reckoning for N.Y. Political Leaders

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon’s sudden decision to cancel its plan to build a corporate campus in Long Island City, Queens, amounted to a stunning rejection for the two often-at-odds politicians who had heralded its arrival, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill […]

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The Shift: For Once, Amazon Loses a Popularity Contest

Amazon’s surprise announcement on Thursday that it was canceling its planned expansion to a new corporate campus in New York was greeted with celebration by local activists and politicians who had opposed the deal, and frustration by local officials — and more than a few real estate agents in Queens — who had eagerly anticipated […]

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Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon said on Thursday that it was canceling plans to build a corporate campus in New York City. The company had planned to build a sprawling complex in Long Island City, Queens, in exchange for nearly $3 billion in […]

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Why Amazon Is Caught in an Unexpected Brawl in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A state senator joined anti-Amazon activists on the streets of Queens. A city councilman railed against the company as a union-busting corporate behemoth. Even the governor, a supporter of Amazon’s move into New York, faulted the company for not […]

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