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Amazon ‘burn book’ documented New York lawmakers’ negative HQ2 comments: Report

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E-commerce giant Amazon was closely watching New York’s reaction to its plans to build a new headquarters there.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, company executives kept a Microsoft Word document detailing insults coming from New York politicians regarding its now-abandoned HQ2 plans in Long Island City. The Journal, which reviewed the document, said it was titled “NY Negative Statements” and had sections for a half-dozen politicians and officials who opposed the deal.

Among the items said to be recorded in the document were the promoted use of the Twitter hashtag “#scamazon” and criticism of a planned helipad.

Comments that reportedly populated the document included one from Sen. Mike Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who released a statement saying they were “not elected to serve as Amazon drones.”

In a statement to FOX Business, an Amazon spokesperson said the document was a briefing paper that had public statements about the project to help executives prepare for hearings and “to call it anything more is a gross exaggeration.”

Amazon called off plans to build its New York-area HQ2 in February, despite receiving billions of dollars’ worth of incentives. At the time, it said the commitment to build a new homebase “requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local-elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.”

While New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in favor of the deal – a number of high-profile politicians from the proposed HQ2 were not, including Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She cheered Amazon’s decision to leave New York, saying in a tweet at the time that “every day New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”

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A spokesperson for Gov. Cuomo did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment.

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Amazon has not detailed plans to move that facility to another location. Instead, it is moving forward with another HQ2 facility in Northern Virginia.

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