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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says Amazon shouldn’t be receiving tax breaks for HQ2
2018-11-15T00:06:06Z - Nick Statt / The Verge
The latest high-profile public figure to criticize the deal New York made with Amazon to bring half of the company’s new headquarters to Long Island City, Queens is none other than New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Alongside fellow New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, Gillibrand was silent all yesterday and today following the announcement while backlash built against the decision to cut Amazon more than $2 billion in tax breaks to expand its presence in the fast-growing borough. Other concerns include the gentrification effects and displacement Amazon might bring to Queens, an area of New York City already experiencing breakneck growth as Manhattan and Brooklyn continue to crowd. A number of politicians and Amazon protestors are now looking into legal challenges in order to prevent Amazon from moving to Queens. Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has not publicly commented on the situation.

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