It was one of a handful of cities to receive a second visit by Amazon officials in August.
Two sources "familiar with the company's thinking" spoke with the outlet.
While all of that is happening, Amazon floated this pullback from NY, citing how "welcoming" politicians in Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee have been in handing over public money for its site locations.
The source noted that Amazon was still working toward winning approval from NY officials and has not yet given up completely on NY as the location of their headquarters, which plans to create 25,000 Amazon jobs.
An Amazon spokesperson toldVox in a vague email statement, "We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders".
The company is considering other options for the NY location, including relocating thousands of jobs to other areas and withdrawing altogether. No specific plans have been made to abandon the New York City headquarters so far.
The company's announcement ended a lengthy - and very public - search for Amazon's second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. "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 neighbour we will be".
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, a supporter of the deal who offered to change his name to Amazon Cuomo if the company agreed to choose New York City, would have to approve Gianaris, but that would create a standoff between the governor and the legislature, reflecting the tensions that have accompanied the Amazon deal.
Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents touting the economic benefits of its NY expansion.
"We've been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this".
Amazon has taken heat from a range of public officials, including the aforementioned Ocasio-Cortez, as well as state Sen. Inside Amazon, all indications are that the company is moving full-steam ahead with the expansion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Late previous year, newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against the company for getting tax breaks at a time when she bemoaned of crumbling infrastructure. It's not about picking a fight, either. "They arrogantly continue to refuse to meet with key stakeholders to address their concerns, despite requests from New York's top elected officials to do so". Back in November, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the project as one benefiting a large outside corporation over local NY residents.
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Cuomo defended the deal on Friday as the largest economic development the state had ever won and cited the Post story. The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level.
De Blasio argued in November that "this is a giant step on our path to building an economy in New York City that leaves no one behind". Amazon has said publicly - most recently at a City Council hearing on the subsidies - that it opposes union drives at its warehouses.