New Yorkers are turning their backs on progressive Democrats, especially Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Struggling business owners in Queens, NY are blaming AOC for her role in chasing out Amazon as they struggle to make ends meet as Coronavirus continues to ravage small businesses. Amazon was planning to build a colossal headquarters along the Queens waterfront, bring in a projected 25,000 jobs to the area until abruptly canceling the plan in February 2019. The now-vacant building is a blight on the community and many locals see the wasted economic opportunity is hurting them even more amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Democrats AOC and Sen. Mike Giannaris fiercely opposed the Amazon headquarters claiming they would be “subsidizing jobs” and cheered when they succeeded in chasing the world’s largest e-tailer away. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the Amazon decision calling it “incredible.”
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 19, 2019
The Daily Wire reports:
Eric Benaim, CEO of Modern Spaces realty: “It’s really crazy what’s going on. The city has no solutions. We have a do-nothing mayor. I’m watching AOC selling ‘Tax the rich’ T-shirts for $58 while businesses are leaving New York. That’s AOC’s solution. Who is going to pay $58 for a T-shirt when you’re out of a job?”
Donna Drimer, owner of the Matted LIC art gallery and gift store: “The site just sits there empty. It’s terrible. We’re in the middle of a pandemic. People say, ‘If we only had Amazon.’ We got nothing. AOC, Giannaris, [local Councilman Jimmy] Van Bramer — wake up! People are leaving. Businesses are closing.”
Gianna Cerbone, owner of Manducatis Rustica restaurant: “I’m angry at the stupidity. Everybody fears AOC, who has no idea what she’s doing. Opposing Amazon benefited other communities. Imagine if AOC did something positive with her big mouth. I believed in Gianaris. Mike believed in the community until he went so far up AOC’s ass she couldn’t s–t him out.”
“Governor Cuomo, who with Mayor de Blasio helped negotiate the deal largely in private, blamed the State Senate, where crucial leaders opposed the plan,” The New York Times reported. “Ocasio-Cortez, who opposed the campus, blamed Amazon for seeking $3 billion in tax breaks and incentives that she said should have been spent elsewhere.”
Gov. Cuomo unsuccessfully attempted to bring the Amazon deal back behind Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s back.