AOC’s Socialist Outrage Costs 25K Jobs as Amazon Pulls Out of Deal to Bring HQ2 to NYC

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February 14, 2019Feb 14, 2019

Amazon has dropped its plans to build one of its new headquarters in New York City following backlash and opposition from far-left politicians and officials upset by the tax breaks the company would receive.

The new headquarters would have brought roughly 25,000 new jobs to the city and millions in new tax revenue.

Amazon still plans to build new officers in Arlington, Va., and Nashville — but they have no plans to find an alternate location for the abandoned NYC headquarters.

“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,” Amazon said in a 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.”

The statement continued: “While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, 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.”

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was one of the most outspoken critics of the new Amazon headquarters, claiming they shouldn’t be getting such a big tax break.

Back in November, she claimed the community was “outraged” by the tax breaks.

“Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here,” she tweeted.

Well, now AOC will have to explain to her constituents why there are now 25,000 less jobs for people to apply for in New York City.

Read Amazon’s full statement via the Chicago Tribune below:

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. 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. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, 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.

We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture — and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents. There are currently over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams.

We are deeply grateful to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and their staffs, who so enthusiastically and graciously invited us to build in New York City and supported us during the process. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have worked tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers to encourage local investment and job creation, and we can’t speak positively enough about all their efforts. The steadfast commitment and dedication that these leaders have demonstrated to the communities they represent inspired us from the very beginning and is one of the big reasons our decision was so difficult.

We do not intend to re-open the HQ2 search at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada.

Thank you again to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and the many other community leaders and residents who welcomed our plans and supported us along the way. We hope to have future chances to collaborate as we continue to build our presence in New York over time.

This is what happens when the far-left is dictating policy: Fewer jobs and more debt.

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