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Ocasio-Cortez Celebrates Amazon’s Stunning Cancellation of Planned NYC Headquarters

Bezos-run company nixed the project in the Big Apple after political pushback from the likes of the newly minted lawmaker

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It’s official: Amazon officials are pulling the plug on their planned second headquarters in New York City after facing intense opposition from local officials and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (shown above left).

“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,” the company said in a statement on Thursday. “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.”

Polls showed 70 percent of New Yorkers supported Amazon’s investment in the state.

But “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,” the company noted.

Amazon is “disappointed to have reached this conclusion,” the company said.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) tweeted that the news on Thursday was “absolutely disgraceful” and a “terrible loss of jobs for New York workers.”

Some 5,000 Amazon employees currently work in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. The company said it plans “to continue growing these teams.”

Jeff Bezos (pictured above right) is Amazon’s founder and CEO. He also owns The Washington Post.

Amazon ramped up the speculation in 2018 over which location it would select for its second headquarters in a high-profile search. The company ultimately chose to split its second headquarters between New York City and northern Virginia.

“We do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time,” the company said, noting it will proceed with its north Virginia expansion.

Although New York leaders like Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) praised Amazon for planning to move into the city, progressives like Ocasio-Cortez were outraged.

The financial incentives New York lavished on Amazon to lure the company there especially troubled many local liberals.

Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the news on Thursday in a tweet.

“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,” the congresswoman tweeted.

Prior to that tweet, Amazon thanked Cuomo and de Blasio for “so enthusiastically and graciously” inviting the company to build in New York City and invest in the community.

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“We hope to have future chances to collaborate as we continue to build our presence in New York over time,” the company said.

But De Blasio blasted Amazon on Thursday.

“You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity,” de Blasio wrote in a tweet.

“We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone. If Amazon can’t recognize what that’s worth, its competitors will,” de Blasio added.

At the time of Amazon’s initial announcement in November, Ocasio-Cortez angrily took to Twitter to voice her opposition.

“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this. The community’s response? Outrage,” the congresswoman tweeted.

“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,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “We need to focus on good health care, living wages, affordable rent. Corporations that offer none of those things should be met w/ skepticism.”

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