Ocasio-Cortez: New Yorkers Defeated Jeff Bezos's 'Corporate Greed'

Amazon cancels plans to build second headquarters in New York City

The political pair, often at odds, bonded over their seeming victory last fall after Amazon said it had selected NY and suburban Washington, D.C. over 232 other cities offering rich tax breaks to the company. The Virginia part of the plan will go ahead.

Now that Bezos has already published a Medium blog post to explain his personal affairs, many teased that the billionaire follow up with an essay on his company's move away from NY.

Hours before the announcement, Amazon officials in NY betrayed no knowledge of the deal's cancellation when they met with local community members on Thursday morning, said Kenny Greenberg, a neon artist and member of Long Island City's community board. And, instead of working out a deal, the opposition "basically punched Amazon in the face in public", he said.

The company said it would "continue growing" its 5,000-strong workforce in NY.

Privately, Amazon executives pondered whether NY was a good choice from the early days of the deal, a person familiar with the deliberations had told NPR.

On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez made similar comments on social media.

The company, which already pays a grand total of zero dollars in federal income taxes, would have been able to avail of $1.5 billion in tax breaks, as well as additional grants of $3,000 per employee for locating in the city's outer boroughs.

Unlike most news sites, we don't run ads, have a paywall or sell your info. "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 told reporters.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supported the project, said in a statement on Thursday that Amazon "threw away" an opportunity to do business "in the greatest city in the world".

Although the company had the support of area residents, some politicians have derided Amazon, who have been critical of the project and its almost $2 billion in incentives cities agreed to provide in exchange for an estimated 25,000 well-paid jobs.

Amazon had planned to have 700 employees in NY as part of the HQ2 project by the end of the year and did not plan to hit 25,000 in Queens for 10 years.

The governor ended the statement saying that New York's business climate remains and it would not be "deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State".

"We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone", de Blasio said. After Amazon's decision, the deal's critics will have to convince more people how a loss of 25,000 jobs is worth not facing the negative consequences of HQ2 being built in Queens.

New York's leaders also agreed to redo renovation plans for the Queens waterfront and move a school lunch distribution center to fit in with Amazon's plan.

Cuomo was also disappointed, but he took out his anger on the legislators who worked to torpedo the deal. One key figure in the fight against the company's proposed entry into the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens is Rep. Alexandia Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected Democrat from NY. "You want the Rockefellers, the Carnegies, the Bezos (es) coming to our shores and that economic growth that comes with them".

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