Amazon was going to inject 25,000 jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue into New York City but they recently decided to back out thanks to pressure from politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
From CBS New York:
The controversial Amazon deal is dead, taking with it the 25,000 jobs promised for its proposed headquarters in Long Island City.
The internet giant issued a statement on Thursday saying it will not pursue a second headquarters in Long Island City, and has no plans to look elsewhere.
“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” read the statement. “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.
When they say “local elected officials” they mean AOC and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is not happy about it.
From The Daily Wire:
On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among others for creating so much unrest about Amazon’s plans to build an 8,000,000 square feet campus that would have brought an estimated 25,000 jobs to the city that Amazon pulled out of the deal.
Cuomo issued a statement in which he said, “A small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of this state.”
Say what you want about Amazon. They have a lot of flaws. Say what you want about Cuomo. He’s an idiot. But, AOC is in the wrong here. This would have been a good thing for the people of New York City and AOC helped sabotage it for no valid reason.