The online shopping giant Amazon has announced that it will not build its second headquarters in New York, citing that while it has the support of New York residents, politicians in the area have voiced their opposition to it, making the move too dicey for the corporation.
A statement released from Amazon indicated that not only has it pulled out of the deal, but the idea of a second headquarters has been tabled for now:
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.
One politician, in particular, who was voicing opposition to Amazon setting up shop was Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who voiced the idea that Amazon was actually going to cause trouble for New York residents.
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.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 13, 2018
When rumors arose that Amazon was considering withdrawing its support for a New York HQ, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter and celebrated.
“Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations?” she tweeted.
Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations?
Yes, they can.https://t.co/DqQoL7VH7O
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 8, 2019