According to the Amazon statement, the company still employs more than 5,000 people in the New York City area and will "continue growing these teams."
Amazon has decided it will not build its second headquarters in New York City, according to a statement attributed to Jodi Seth, an Amazon spokeswoman.
"After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens," the statement reads, before laying the blame squarely at the feet of local politicians.
"For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. 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 and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City. "