NY taxpayers to pay $48,000 per Amazon HQ job


The online retail giant, which is based in Seattle, narrowed its search to 20 cities vying for HQ2 at the beginning of the year.

Ocasio-Cortez says the headquarters placement should be met with skepticism until the company proves it will benefit the surrounding community and not adversely affect the cost of living.

Long Island City and Crystal City would meet Amazon's other requirements: be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an worldwide airport; have direct access to mass transit; and have room to expand.

"While Philadelphia was not ultimately chosen for Amazon's HQ2, I thank Amazon for its consideration and am honored that we were among the top contenders", Kenney said.

In a series of tweets late on Monday, New York Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that Queens residents' response to the move was to express "outrage". The congresswoman who represents Long Island City, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, has not commented on the plan since it was confirmed, and her office did not immediately comment to CBS News.

Wages at the Long Island City and Arlington offices are expected to average out to approximately $150,000 United States dollars (roughly $193,693 CAD). The two sites are similar, located on spokes of each city's transit line, across the river from the central business district, and a short distance to airports - Reagan National in Virginia, and LaGuardia in NY.

It confirmed performance-based incentives of $1.5bn from the state of NY and $573m if it meets targets of the 25,000 people hired for the Arlington site netting an average wage of over $150,000.

Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington.

There are also real benefits for companies in locating their headquarters in big cities.

He added: "While other locations may be disappointed not to have secured Amazon's favour, it does not mean they will miss out entirely".

Some critics had pushed for more transparency from cities and states in the bidding process, warning that the benefits of hosting a massive Amazon office may not offset the tax-payer funded incentives and other costs. Van Bramer said in a statement at the time that the headquarters "would be an ideal fit for Long Island City and for the entire borough of Queens".

Both cities met Amazon's requirements which include being near a metropolitan area with more than a million people and being within 45 minutes of an worldwide airport. The announcement and investment strategy made no mention of Amazon.

The company also said that it expects construction and operation of the so-called HQ2 to create "tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community".