NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Amazon has canceled plans to come to New York.
"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" - Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth said.
There were reports earlier this month, that Amazon was reconsidering the move to New York due to local opposition.
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and State Sen. Mike Gianaris were among those going door to door in the Queensbridge public housing complex to collect signatures in the hope of keeping the retail giant out of the neighborhood.
“They thought they were going to be heralded like at ticker tape parade down Broadway for bringing Amazon to New York,” Van Bramer said. "I think they have been stunned at the opposition. It's like a 2x4 hit them."
Opponents said the 25,000 jobs promised by Amazon would mostly go to outsiders.
“They’re not going to be for people who live in Queensbridge,” she said. “It’s not going to be the folks who are currently here in the community.”
Queens leaders said Amazon would have brought tremendous benefits to local residents, increased social mobility, and revitalized neighborhood economies.
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