Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Mike Gianaris are celebrating after they successfully prevented billions of dollars from entering the state economy of New York.
The loss of prospects come from retail giant Amazon announcing that they will no longer be moving forward with plans to build a second headquarters in New York, citing friction with local lawmakers.
Amazon clarified their position on the matter via statement:
“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 percent 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.”
While misguided Democrats may be celebrating, the residents have plenty to mourn over. Amazon’s arrival was estimated to create some 25,000 jobs and would immediately sink $2.5 billion into the local economy just to build the Long Island city facility.
Although it’s not all bad blood between the state and the company. Amazon thanked Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for their efforts. Albeit on their way to the door.
“Thank you again to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and the many other community leaders and residents who welcomed our plans and supported us along the way. We hope to have future chances to collaborate as we continue to build our presence in New York over time,” Amazon stated.