Finger-pointing was quick to erupt after Amazon said it would drop plans for a 25,000-employee expansion in New York's Long Island City. Depending on who's talking, either New Yorkers "threw the baby out with the bath water," or Amazon acted "like a petulant child."

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Amazon abruptly pulled its plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York. Here is what people are saying about the stunning change:

“We literally just threw the baby out with the bath water… You want the Rockefellers, the Carnegies, the Bezos(es) coming to our shores and that economic growth that comes with them.”

— Jason Haber, a broker with Warburg Realty Partnership in New York

“Like a petulant child, Amazon insists on getting its way or takes its ball and leaves.”

— NY State Sen. Michael Gianaris of Long Island City, a Democrat chosen for a state board with the power to veto the deal

“New York City is today one of the most dynamic tech hubs in the world, but there is no guarantee we will maintain this status in the future, which makes this news so disappointing.”

— Julie Samuels, executive director at Tech: NYC

“You have to be tough to make it in New York City… We gave mazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity.”

— New York Mayor Bill De Blasio

“A small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community, … the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of this state.”

— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“For those who didn’t want Amazon to bring the promised 25,000 new jobs and added economic vitality to the area: Be careful what you wish for.”

— Mark Hamrick, an analyst at

“As bad as the problems of growth are, the problems of decline are even worse.”

— Seth Pinsky, an executive at RXR Realty in New York

Sources: Bloomberg News, New York Times, Associated Press

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