Looks like AOC must have received some blowback from constituents over her successful campaign to keep Amazon out of New York City. Perhaps realizing that her ignorance cost the city more than 25,000 new jobs as well as billions of dollars in new tax revenue, her chief of staff Saikrat Chakrabarti appeared on Bloomberg News to explain her opposition to the project.
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) March 5, 2019
We welcome a process, we welcome having a community process, but I don’t know where the talks are at at this stage. What she was vocal about was the process by which it happened, the deal. Amazon is the company that chose to step away from the negotiating table.
What she was vocal about was the process by which it happened.
Oh, so it was the process she objected to. If only the Governor had included the community in the negotiations.
Actually, at the time, she offered other reasons for resisting the move.
She said that Amazon would not make a “good or healthy neighbor for NYC.”
Nothing Amazon has said or done – including selling facial recognition technology to ICE & its intent to fight against worker unionization – would lead us to believe it could be a good or healthy neighbor for NYC. https://t.co/BwASshxJ9F
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 1, 2019
She wanted to fact check where the 25,000 number came from.
Amazon touting “jobs” (has anyone fact-checked where this 25k number even came from? How many were promised to be local hires?)
…but they refused to even consider hiring union when we insisted labor be part of the conversation.
Union jobs are a key ladder to the middle class. https://t.co/HefYzOBhyG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019
But, the most embarrassing part of her argument was that NYC shouldn’t be handing over $3 billion to the “richest man in the world.” She had no idea the $3 billion dollars was to be a tax break because the company would be generating $28 billion in tax revenues. She believed if the Amazon deal fell through, the city could simply spend the money to hire more teachers or to improve the subways.
Will someone please explain to me how it is possible for NYC to SPEND a $3 Billion tax break on anything?
This is insanity. https://t.co/wSZPaJIvH6
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 15, 2019
It is mindboggling that this woman, who has been in office for only two months, has become so influential. The silver lining is that she must make Nancy Pelosi crazy!