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The Margin: New York said to woo Amazon: Bring HQ2 and we’ll rename a toxic creek after you

Along with tax breaks, tax credits and public subsidies, add a toxic creek to the list of reported perks cities are offering Amazon.com Inc. as they vie to be the home of its massive second headquarters.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going all-out to land the so-called “HQ2,” the New York Daily News reported Tuesday, offering incentives said to include hundreds of millions of dollars in state subsidies and renaming Long Island City’s Newport Creek the “Amazon River.”

But that might not flatter Amazon much. Newport Creek is one of New York City’s most toxic waterways, polluted over the years by oil and raw sewage, and was named a federal Superfund site in 2010.

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