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Amazon to New York: Drop dead

The e-commerce giant abandons its plan to build a headquarters in Long Island City after an outcry over incentives
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Billionaire Jeff Bezos is proceeding with plans for Northern Virginia and Nashville

Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) didn’t have a lot of love to show New York City on Valentine’s Day.

The e-commerce giant said in a statement Thursday that it was abandoning its plan for a Long Island City headquarters in the borough of Queens “after much thought and deliberation.” The agreement to build there had drawn criticism from local politicians because it included nearly $3 billion in state and city incentives.

READ: Amazon.com declines after e-commerce giant issues disappointing 1Q guidance

“While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence,” the company said.

The Seattle-based company said it would proceed with its plans to build in Northern Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee.

The stock pared its decline, slipping 0.4% to $1,633.64 in Thursday’s Nasdaq trading.

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