AOC Slammed by Fellow N.Y. Dem Congresswoman Over Amazon Opposition
Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was slammed by fellow New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D) for her opposition to the proposed plan for Amazon to create thousands of high-paying jobs and open up a New York City headquarters.
Appearing on CNN on Friday, Maloney said she placed part of the blame for Amazon backing out of the deal on “progressive” politicians who protested the company’s move to the city.
I’m a progressive too, but I’m pragmatic,” she said.
“Twenty-five thousand jobs at $150,000 a minimum for the job…They were working with the community on job fairs and the other types of entry-level jobs that they would have,” Maloney continued “We should be really diversifying our base of taxes, our base of businesses, we’re too dependent on financial services.”
“It used to be that we would protest wars, now we’re protesting jobs. People are complaining about jobs coming. If this had gone through, it would have made overnight New York City the high-tech capital of the East Coast.”
Last week, after Amazon announced they would no longer be setting up shop in NYC, Cortez wrote on Twitter, “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.”
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. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
In a statement, Amazon said:
“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.”