Truthout, February 14, 2019
Amazon announced it had scrapped its plans to build a second headquarters in New York, casting blame on “a number of state and local politicians” who “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.”
The nearly $3 billion in government incentives offered to the retail juggernaut by Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, came under intense scrutiny from progressive activists and politicians, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose constituents reside in the Long Island City neighborhood in the borough of Queens, where Amazon had scoped out its campus. The freshman congresswoman said Amazon’s withdrawal was proof that “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,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted following the announcement, referring to CEO Jeff Bezos.
Ocasio-Cortez was not the only progressive leader in New York to champion Amazon’s withdrawal. Cynthia Nixon and Zephyr Teachout, who respectively mounted unsuccessful bids as progressive alternatives for governor and attorney general of the state, said the move was just the begging.” Each had supported Ocasio-Cortez’s odds-defying bid for Congress.
“Oh, we are just beginning!!! Now let’s get a Congressional hearing on Amazon, labor, ICE, monopsony, how and why to break up Amazon,” Teachout tweeted Thursday. “I know some people ready to testify.” ...
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