Amazon: We Canceled NYC Headquarters Because of Ocasio-Cortez


New York Rep. Ocasio Cortez is cheering the fact that she caused Amazon to look elsewhere for their second headquarters. The socialist somehow believes that the loss of tens of thousands of high paying jobs is somehow good for her community.

Amazon is set in its decision to pull out and never come back.

“For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term,” Amazon said in a statement.

But “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City,” the company admitted.

Jodi Seth, Amazon’s head of policy communications, told NBC News that same day the company blamed a few specific New York politicians for its decision.

“It wasn’t any one incident,” Seth noted. “It was that the environment over the course of the past three months had not got[ten] any better. There were some local and state elected officials who refused to meet with Amazon and criticized us day in and day out about the plan.”

“If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it’s ‘Never Amazon,'” Seth added. “If you talk to [New York City Councilman Jimmy] Van Bramer [a Democrat], it’s unions.”

The company would have brought an estimated 25,000 jobs to New York.

But Ocasio-Cortez and other liberals did not like the $3 billion in incentives that New York planned to award Amazon. They also resisted the second headquarters idea because they claimed it would lead to gentrification and skyrocketing housing prices.

The congresswoman celebrated Amazon’s retreat on Thursday.

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in triumph.

Ocasio-Cortez told reporters, “I think it’s incredible. I mean, it shows that everyday Americans still have the power to organize and fight for their communities and they can have more say in this country than the richest man in the world.”

“If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest $3 billion in our district ourselves if we want to. We could hire more teachers, we can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money if we wanted to,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

“There was no guarantee [of] those jobs for the New Yorkers that were here. We were looking at a deal that was not primarily putting the community first,” the congresswoman insisted.

Ocasio-Cortez pushed back against the criticism leveled at her for Amazon’s cancellation on Twitter on Friday.

“Come for me all you want, but my job is to make sure that people are protected in society,” the congresswoman wrote. “Someone’s got to look out for the people our system is leaving behind — esp now, when most of the wealth created is going to fewer people, those left behind are the majority of Americans.”

Even Gov. Cuomo slammed Ocasio-Cortez:

 

Source: Lifezette

Image: Dimitri Rodriguez



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