Amazon HQ2 $1 billion in tax breaks spark protests in New York

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Amazon is bringing 25,000 new jobs to Long Island City, New York when the company opens its new headquarters there.

But not everyone is thrilled with the development.

Wednesday, local leaders and residents gathered to call on Amazon to invest in infrastructure, the subway system and affordable housing.

They’re also angry about financial incentives given to Amazon.

They include more than a billion and a half dollars in tax credits from the state and other incentives from the city.

“Let’s not play stupid. This deal was coming. But they want to make it seem like it was so good for our community. If it was so good, why didn’t it go through the process… like every other business should. Why did… why did they usurp the ability of our council to do its job? Because it’s not good for our community. Because it’s not good for our unions because it’s not good for our immigrants. Amazon is not welcome here today. It’s not welcome here tomorrow. It’s not welcome here ever.”

Amazon is also promising job fairs and new green space as it prepares to build its new facility. 

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