February 15, 2019

It's Alexandria versus Amazon? Alexa, who won that legendary battle? NBC reports:

"If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it's 'Never Amazon,'" Seth said. "If you talk to [New York City Councilman Jimmy] Van Bramer, it's unions." (New York is still a heavily unionized town, and Amazon's opposition to unions was frequently cited by those who fought the project.)

The main frustration for opponents of Amazon's project was the $3 billion that the company had been awarded in state and city incentives — a cost that opponents said would have been paid for by New York residents. Many also feared that the move would lead to gentrification and higher housing prices.

Following Amazon's announcement, Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a district adjacent to the project, commended "dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors" for defeating "Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world."

Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted her amusement that Amazon blamed her personally for the split:

She also went after the latest news that Amazon paid zero in corporate taxes for the second year in a row.

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