When Amazon decided to back out of its planned deal to build part of its second headquarters in Queens, some politicians cheered and some jeered. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were ecstatic at the announcement that Amazon would come to Long Island City, which is one reason why they were so upset when Amazon changed its mind. Whether they are right or wrong, what’s pretty clear is that Cuomo may have taken his anger a little too far.
By: Brianna Albasi
The governor of New York declared the move by Amazon as the “greatest tragedy” that he witnessed in all of his time during government. Cuomo entered government in the early 1990s, and his dad, Mario Cuomo, was a former New York governor. The current Gov. Cuomo seemed to forget about events like multiple overseas conflicts, the Oklahoma City bombing, countless mass shootings, the 1994 bombing of the World Trade Center, and of course the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The governor said in a radio interview on WAMC that he felt sick over the lost opportunity with Amazon. He had no problem keeping his aim on fellow Democrats, regardless of the infighting it would cause. He faults some of his fellow Democrats for making what he believes was a foolish decision that cost the city thousands of jobs.
The Jewish Voice has been reporting on the turmoil caused by the Amazon debacle. While some progressive groups and politicians are celebrating Amazon’s decision to withdraw its HQ2 proposal for Long Island City and 25,000 expected jobs with it, not everyone is on board with the results. Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio celebrated the company’s decision to come to Queens and couldn’t say enough positive things about Amazon. Now that the deal fell through, the mayor is venting some of his frustrations on another fellow New York politician, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman liberal Democrat from the Bronx, according to the New York Post.
De Blasio went downtown to speak on WNYC radio about his feelings towards Amazon, politicians who were against the deal, and how his own politics relate to his feelings about what transpired. “As a progressive my entire life — and I ain’t changing — I’ll take on any progressive anywhere that thinks it’s a good idea to lose jobs and revenue because I think that’s out of touch with what working people want.”
Ocasio-Cortez took the opposite opinion and hammered Amazon and pro-Amazon politicians on the $3 billion of incentives that the giant corporation would receive, in what she argued were handouts in a display of corporate welfare. She applauded the move and had a rallying message for her supporters, saying that “everyday Americans still have the power to organize and fight for their communities and they can have more say in this country than the richest man in the world.”
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