Amazon reconsiders New York headquarters over local opposition: Washington Post

WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Amazon.com is reconsidering locating part of its new headquarters in New York because of local opposition, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two people familiar with the global retailer's thinking.

The retailing giant had not yet purchased or leased any land for the project there, which would make it easy to leave, the unnamed individuals told the Post, which is owned by Amazon's Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.

Amazon executives have had internal discussions recently to reassess the situation in New York and explore alternatives, the Post reported.

Amazon did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Its shares fell around 2.4 percent on Friday.

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Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against Amazon outside of City Hall in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. New York's city council held a hearing today to discuss the tax incentives behind Amazon's HQ2 deal and the potential impact it could have on the city. Photographer: Sangsuk Sylvia Kang/Bloomberg via Getty Images
George Miranda, vice president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, left, and Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDU), speak during a protest against Amazon outside of City Hall in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. New York's city council held a hearing today to discuss the tax incentives behind Amazon's HQ2 deal and the potential impact it could have on the city. Photographer: Sangsuk Sylvia Kang/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDU), center, speaks during a protest against Amazon outside of City Hall in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. New York's city council held a hearing today to discuss the tax incentives behind Amazon's HQ2 deal and the potential impact it could have on the city. Photographer: Sangsuk Sylvia Kang/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. Some Queens community members and activists say Amazon's move to Queens will further gentrify neighborhoods in the area and add more stress to an already struggling infrastructure system. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. Some Queens community members and activists say Amazon's move to Queens will further gentrify neighborhoods in the area and add more stress to an already struggling infrastructure system. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. Some Queens community members and activists say Amazon's move to Queens will further gentrify neighborhoods in the area and add more stress to an already struggling infrastructure system. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Protesters gather in Lexington Ave, New York, US, on 19 December 2018, to say "No" to the Amazon "HQ2" decision. Organizers in northern Virginia, Nashville, and New York plan to protest the expansion of Amazon at meetings this weekand call for a community input process that has been noticeably lacking. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters gather in Lexington Ave, New York, US, on 19 December 2018, to say "No" to the Amazon "HQ2" decision. Organizers in northern Virginia, Nashville, and New York plan to protest the expansion of Amazon at meetings this weekand call for a community input process that has been noticeably lacking. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters gather in Lexington Ave, New York, US, on 19 December 2018, to say "No" to the Amazon "HQ2" decision. Organizers in northern Virginia, Nashville, and New York plan to protest the expansion of Amazon at meetings this weekand call for a community input process that has been noticeably lacking. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters gather in Lexington Ave, New York, US, on 19 December 2018, to say "No" to the Amazon "HQ2" decision. Organizers in northern Virginia, Nashville, and New York plan to protest the expansion of Amazon at meetings this weekand call for a community input process that has been noticeably lacking. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Activists, New York City politicians, and union members hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall to voice their opposition to a tax break deal given to Amazon, on December 12, 2018 in New York City. New York's mayor and governor offered Amazon significant economic incentives in order for them to build a new location in Long Island City, Queens. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/11/30: CUNY students, staff and allies held a rally outside Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. in downtown Manhattan, protesting CUNYs Board of Trustees chair Bill Thompson for endorsing the Amazon HQ2 deal. The students called on Bill Thompson to withdraw his support for the Amazon deal immediately and instead advocate for the investment of the $2.7 billion promised to the company to be invested in the CUNY university system and its students. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/11/30: CUNY students, staff and allies held a rally outside Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. in downtown Manhattan, protesting CUNYs Board of Trustees chair Bill Thompson for endorsing the Amazon HQ2 deal. The students called on Bill Thompson to withdraw his support for the Amazon deal immediately and instead advocate for the investment of the $2.7 billion promised to the company to be invested in the CUNY university system and its students. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Shortly after the Post report came out, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told WNBC he fully expects Amazon to deliver on its promise to New Yorkers.

Amazon said in November it would branch out from its home base in Seattle with plans to create more than 25,000 jobs in both New York City and an area just outside Washington, D.C.

The world’s largest online retailer plans to spend $5 billion on the two new developments in Long Island City, in New York's Queens borough, and in Arlington, Virginia, and expects to get more than $2 billion in tax credits and incentives with plans to apply for more.

Amazon has mailed flyers to Queens residents, touting the economic and jobs benefits of its New York expansion, trying to blunt opposition from some local lawmakers who said Amazon received too many tax and other benefits.

A critic of the plan, Queens state Senator Michael Gianaris, was appointed to a panel charged with approving the new Amazon campus and has the power to block the plan, local media including the New York Times have reported. New York governor Andrew Cuomo supports Amazon's plan.

The split-second headquarters, which Amazon called HQ2, attracted 238 proposals from across North America in a year-long bidding war that garnered widespread publicity for the company. Amazon ended the frenzy by dividing the spoils between the two most powerful U.S. East Coast cities and offering a consolation prize of a 5,000-person center in Nashville, Tennessee.

At the outset of its search last year, Amazon said it was looking for a business-friendly environment. The company said it will receive performance-based incentives of $1.525 billion from the state of New York, including an average $48,000 for each job it creates.

It can also apply for other tax incentives, such as New York City's Relocation and Employment Assistance Program that offers tax breaks potentially worth $900 million over 12 years. What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.

Alphabet Inc's Google said in December it would invest more than $1 billion on a new campus in New York, becoming the second major technology company to pick America's financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; writing by Nick Zieminski Editing by Susan Thomas; AOL contributed to this report)

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