Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent a flurry of tweets late Monday slamming Amazon for its planned split headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, saying residents are outraged over the billion-dollar company possibly getting “millions of dollars in tax breaks” while the local community is being neglected.
“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this. The community’s response? Outrage,” tweeted Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, responding to The Wall Street Journal’s report that Amazon will divide its second headquarters evenly between Long Island City and the D.C. suburb of Crystal City in northern Virginia.
“Amazon is a billion-dollar company,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez continued. “The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hailed Amazon’s move, which is expected to bring 25,000 jobs to the area, as a “great economic boost” for the state of New York. He reportedly met with Amazon executives last month about the potential deal that could include hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who was endorsed by former President Barack Obama and Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, before defeating Republican nominee Anthony Pappas in a landslide last week, said she’s worried Amazon will displace working-class families.