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People opposed to Amazon's plan to locate a headquarters in New York City

People opposed to Amazon's plan to locate a headquarters in New York City are seen outside a store in 2018.  (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

'We Were Proven Right,' Says AOC After Amazon Expands in New York Without Taking Billions in Public Cash

"Maybe the Trump admininistration should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families."

Andrea Germanos

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested the Trump administration "focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families" after news broke Friday that Amazon was expanding its presence in New York City without the state giving the company billions in tax incentives.

The decision by the online giant to lease 335,000 square feet of office space in Manhattan and employee 1,500 employees in the consumer and advertising departments was first reported by the Wall Street Journal

The announcement came roughly 10 months after Amazon announced it was ditching its widely condemned plan to locate a second headquarters site in Long Island City, Queens—a plan for which New York state would have given the online giant nearly $3 billion in tax incentives.

Ocasio-Cortez was among that plan's most vocal critics, asking at the time, "Why should corporations that contribute nothing to the pot be in a position to take billions from the public?"

In a Twitter thread Saturday morning, the New York Democrat said that Amazon would now be "bringing work without the welfare." Ocasio-Cortez also countered the Republican talking point that the city was losing out on thousands of jobs.

New York state Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris—who was also among the critics of Amazon's so-called HQ2 plan for the city—weighed in on the news as well Friday.

"Amazon is coming to New York, just as they always planned. Fortunately, we dodged a $3 billion bullet by not agreeing to their subsidy shakedown earlier this year," Gianaris said in a statement. "Now, we must enact reforms to our economic development programs to ensure no company can seek to take advantage of the public again."


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