Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Touts Defeat of ‘Amazon’s Corporate Greed’ in New York

By Michael Morris | February 14, 2019 | 4:01pm EST
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

In a tweet on her Twitter page Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) touted the defeat of “Amazon’s corporate greed,” as the company decided to back out of placing part of HQ2 in New York, Ocasio-Cortez stating, “Anything is possible.”

“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,” stated Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez in a tweet.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s comments on Amazon include a tweet from J. David Goodman underneath that states the following:

“AMAZON CANCELS PLAN TO COME TO NEW YORK ‘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 spokeswoman Jodi Seth”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks came after Amazon “decided not to move forward” with its “plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens.” The announcement, as found on The Amazon Blog dayone, further states that “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 do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time,” reads the Amazon announcement. “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.”

Back on Nov. 13, 2018, Amazon officially announced its plans “to invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters” in New York City and Northern Virginia, “and announces Nashville as new Operations Center of Excellence with more than 5,000 jobs.”

“But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” reported CNBC back on Nov. 13, 2018, “recently elected to represent the 14th Congressional District of New York, which borders the district that includes Long Island City, [was] not excited about the company moving into the neighborhood.”

“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this,” tweeted Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Nov. 12, 2018 at 11:40 PM. “The community’s response? Outrage.”

In a tweet four minutes later on that same day (Nov. 12, 2018), Rep. Ocasio-Cortez continued:

“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.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez continued on in another tweet at 11:51 PM on Nov. 12, 2018:

“When we talk about bringing jobs to the community, we need to dig deep: - Has the company promised to hire in the existing community? - What’s the quality of jobs + how many are promised? Are these jobs low-wage or high wage? Are there benefits? Can people collectively bargain?”

On Nov. 13, 2018, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez continued yet further in three separate tweets  about Amazon’s plans to place HQ2 in New York City at 12:03 AM, 12:07 AM, and 12:20 AM respectively:

“Displacement is not community development. Investing in luxury condos is not the same thing as investing in people and families. Shuffling working class people out of a community does not improve their quality of life.

“We need to focus on good healthcare, living wages, affordable rent. Corporations that offer none of those things should be met w/ skepticism. It’s possible to establish economic partnerships w/ real opportunities for working families, instead of a race-to-the-bottom competition.

“Lastly, this isn’t just about one company or one headquarters. It’s about cost of living, corps paying their fair share, etc. It’s not about picking a fight, either. I was elected to advocate for our community’s interests - & they‘ve requested, clearly, to voice their concerns.”

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