J. David Goodman and Karen Weise: Why the Amazon Deal Collapsed: A Tech Giant Stumbles in New York’s Raucous Political Arena

Amazon had promised to create more than 25,000 jobs on a new campus in Queens. On Thursday, it abruptly announced that it was canceling the deal. 

"A senior executive from Amazon, one of the world’s biggest companies, led by the world’s richest person, found himself last weekend in a showdown with a suburban state senator.
The executive, Brian Huseman, who is based in Washington, D.C., was trying to find out whether the New York state senator, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, would exert more control over an obscure state board that had the authority to block Amazon’s ambitious plans to expand in New York City."

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