"Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be", an Amazon spokesperson said in an email. And if they stop Amazon from coming to NY, they're going to have the people of NY state to explain it to.
"For the State Senate to oppose Amazon was governmental malpractice".
The source said New Jersey officials have not been given any indication that Amazon is considering moving out of NY.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says he hasn't heard from Amazon since the e-commerce giant broke the news to him and other South Florida officials that the region came up short in its bid to land HQ2.
But, the source said, "There are some folks making it clear (in New York) that Amazon will never come to NY".
The company's brass had to endure a series of hearings in the City Council in recent weeks, in which politicians blasted Amazon's record on labor issues and its refusal to accede to a unionization drive at its Staten Island distribution center. This will include a refundable tax credit, through the state's Excelsior Program, of up to $1.2 billion over the next 10 years.
And not everyone has jumped to lay out the welcome mat.
He told the Guardian: "Amazon has extorted ny from the first day of this process, and this seems to be their latest effort to do that". Michael Gianaris-a fierce Amazon critic-was named to a board that has the power to veto the agreement.
The two have been at the forefront of the Amazon opposition, and most recently, Sen. While he has yet to be confirmed, his position on the board would allow him to scrap Amazon's HQ2 deal. Plus, adding 25,000 high-paying jobs to this corner of Queens will only make gentrification worse, activists warn. He notes Google is coming to the city without a massive incentive package.
In one sign of opposition, artists spray-painted Amazon's logo - spelled "AMAZNO" - on streets near the proposed site. "Yes, they can", she said in a Tweet.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo framed the original announcement as a tremendous job creation opportunity for the entire New York region. "I was elected to advocate for our community's interests - and they've requested, clearly, to voice their concerns".
"This whole thing has been bungled since day one by the mayor and the governor and Amazon", he said.
But people were divided when asked about the almost $3 billion financial incentives on offer, with 46% supporting them versus 44% who opposed the package.
Cuomo said there's always not-in-my-back-yard opposition to projects and change - but admitted being taken aback by the ideological resistance to the Amazon deal in the Senate.