NEW YORK CITY, NY-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is angry. On Thursday, he lashed out at, among others, freshman New York City Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who led the fight against 25,000 jobs which were to be created by online retail giant, Amazon’s construction of an east coast headquarters in Long Island City.
The progressive socialist politician worked hard to derail the project and basked in her victory this week from her new swank apartment in Brooklyn’s highly coveted navy shipyard project.
“Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business. We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and nearly $30 billion dollars in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements,” Cuomo said. “Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany’s nanotech center.” However, a small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of this state.”
In her quest to derail the Amazon plan, Cortez said the facility would drive out the residents of Long Island City and create a homeless crisis.
“Look at what happened in California and Oregon,” she said, referring to rampant homelessness in those two Democrat-controlled states.
Cuomo said Cortez and New York state senators had done tremendous damage.
“They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity. The fundamentals of New York’s business climate and community that attracted amazon to be here – our talent pool, world-class education system, commitment to diversity and progressivism – remain and we won’t be deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State,” he said.
Earlier in the week, it was announced that a documentary starring Cortez was purchased by Netflix for a record-breaking $10,000,000.