NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Condemns Amazon's 'Abuse Of Corporate Power'

Andrew Cummings
February 18, 2019

However, Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter questioned the validity of the jobs figure and pointed to a report that Amazon will pay zero federal income tax in 2018, despite $11 billion in profits.

The helipad kept coming up, too: Amazon, in its deal with the city, was promised it could build a spot to land a helicopter on or near the new offices.

King slammed progressives for derailing the deal and called Amazon's reversal a "disaster".

Amazon in November announced plans to build two 25,000-employee campuses in Long Island City, New York and in Arlington, Virginia. "We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion".

Cuomo and de Blasio forgot that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her socialist ilk tend to see capitalism in any form as evil.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker invited the company back to the city Thursday in attempt to convince Amazon to make Chicago the home of HQ2.

More than 230 municipalities in North America competed for HQ2, taking part in a months-long bidding war that Amazon eagerly fomented.

Despite rumours of second-thoughts at the company amid a campaign of resistance, the decision still took most people by surprise.

The final blow landed Thursday, when Amazon announced on a blog post that it was backing out, surprising the mayor, who had spoken to an Amazon executive Monday night and received "no indication" that the company would bail. The optics were further tainted by the fact that during the process, Jeff Bezos became the wealthiest man in the world, by a lot, and Amazon's market value touched (briefly) the magical threshold of US$1 trillion. 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.

"It used to be that we would protest wars, now we're protesting jobs", said Democrat Carolyn Maloney.

Opposition came swiftly though, as details started to emerge. "Amazon HQ2 is a unique event".

If the opposition was a surprise to Amazon, it shouldn't have been. The progressive left was emboldened, and with political winds shifting, local officials feared being on the wrong side of the Amazon fight.

The love notes came even though Amazon said it doesn't plan to pick a new city to replace NY, where the HQ2 project was supposed to produce 25,000 jobs.

In the case of NY, there was also concern about straining infrastructure, such as subway lines, and driving up the price of already expensive real estate.

Anti-Amazon rallies were planned for the next week.

We ourselves were considering backing Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

In the NY area, the average computer-related job pays roughly $104,000 a year, about $15,000 above the national average.

Perhaps Bezos would not want that kind of spotlight that NY offers.

The company's response was uncharacteristically feeble. Residents still will receive improved sewers and parks, plus a new school and other upgrades.

The only problem with that is that she later proved she had no concept of how the deal was set up.

"Here's Bezos and here's Amazon, the definition of one percent". Will the progressive civil war get so bad that the Republicans could win high office in the Empire State? Critics were also raising issues, emphatically, on TV and online, that Amazon would rather not address, such as the company's opposition to unions in its fulfillment centers and its sale of facial recognition technology to government agencies like ICE. But Amazon, it seems, didn't have the appetite for the protracted public battle, or the prospect that it could be scapegoated by every subway delay, pizza rat, traffic jam, or housing eviction in Queens from now to eternity.

"I think NY would benefit from cutting back on its incentives, particularly its long-term incentives, which probably don't drive location and expansion decisions much, and potentially undermine the next Governor or Mayor's tax base", he added. "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 USA and Canada", it added. "We're really playing with fire right now". They want jobs, they want revenues, they want the kinds of things that government can do for them.

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