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Amazon cancels plans to build headquarters in New York

Staff Writer | February 14, 2019
Amazon is ditching its plans to build a new headquarters in New York after facing backlash from members of the community.
America   Amazon's decision was met with a mix of disappointment and jabs
"After much thought and deliberation, we've decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens," Jodi Seth, an Amazon spokeswoman, said in a statement, CNN reported.

In the statement, Amazon noted that "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."

Amazon's decision was met with a mix of disappointment and jabs from politicians frustrated by the company's decision to walk away rather than engage with the community's concerns.

"You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet Thursday. "Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity."