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20 Feb
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Amazon Abandons Plans for Long Island City Headquarters

The incentives package offered by New York City and State to Amazon had been met with significant community resistance, including from independent businesses, unions, and residents. 

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13 Feb

New Study Shows Full Cost of Explosive Amazon Growth on Communities Nationwide

Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities quantifies the stark economic cost exacted nationwide as a result of Amazon’s online retail sales. 

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16 Jan
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ABA Asks New York City Council to Include Indie Businesses in Upcoming Amazon HQ2 Hearing

ABA’s letter expresses disappointment that the city’s independent retailers have been excluded from an upcoming Finance Committee hearing on New York’s deal with Amazon.

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09 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Submit Comments on Amazon HQ2 Deal to New York City Council

The City Council’s Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Does the Amazon Deal Deliver for New York City Residents?” on Wednesday, January 30.

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19 Dec
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New York City Council Holds Hearing to Discuss Amazon Deal

The level of public subsidies offered by New York City and New York State to Amazon has raised questions and concerns among some elected officials and city residents.

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05 Dec

Independent Businesses Request Meetings With Governors in Response to Amazon’s HQ2

On behalf of more than 80 independent businesses in New York and Virginia, ABA sent letters to Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ralph Northam opposing the massive subsidies the states have offered Amazon.

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28 Nov

Announcement of Amazon’s HQ2 Locations Met With Criticism

Backlash to Amazon’s plan to establish headquarters in neighborhoods in New York and Virginia is coming from politicians and members of the affected communities, including booksellers.

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21 Nov
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Amazon E-mail Tells Small Businesses It Helps Them “Thrive”

“Amazon’s claim that it helps small business is not only insulting to hard-working owners of small retailers across the country, the data clearly show that it is simply not true,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.

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19 Nov
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Three Lives & Company Owner Toby Cox on Amazon’s New York City Headquarters Plan

“Rather than consider changing his first name to ‘Amazon’ to get their headquarters, perhaps Governor Cuomo would think of changing his name to McNulty’s Tea or Katz’s Delicatessen to celebrate local and vibrant businesses,” writes Cox.

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14 Nov
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ABA Responds to News of Amazon HQ2

In strongly worded letters to the governors of New York and Virginia, ABA protested “providing massive subsidies of public funds and tax incentives” to one of the world’s largest corporations.

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06 Nov

Amazon Holds Advanced HQ2 Talks With Crystal City, New York City, and Dallas

The company’s request for proposals, which kicked off the search for a second location last year, led to a bidding war among 238 cities and regions, though the proposals have largely been kept under wraps.

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24 Oct

eBay Sues Amazon for Poaching Sellers

According to eBay’s lawsuit, Amazon has been using eBay’s messaging service to recruit sellers for its own third-party marketplace platform.

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16 Oct
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ABA Submits Comments to FTC on Amazon’s Predatory Practices

ABA’s comments explore how Amazon has exploited its dual roles as both a marketplace platform and a retailer to inhibit competition.

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13 Sep

Amazon Seeks Second HQ and Tax Incentives in Exchange for Jobs

Late last week, Amazon issued a request for proposals as it looks to build a $5 billion second headquarters somewhere in North America.

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