The Democrat party of New York is going to rip itself wide open.
After a long and contentions bid war, New York City won the contract to be home to Amazon’s second headquarters. The project was expected to create somewhere between 25,000 and 40,000 jobs.
Some were going to be people brought in, but most of them were expected to be local hires. Many of them good paying, white collar tech jobs.
Part of the package negotiated with Amazon was tax rebates. This is par for the course when a big company looks to relocate or build another facility. Cities and states will lower property and corporate income taxes for some period of time in exchange for the promise of some minimum number of jobs and an expectation that the company will build up the infrastructure of the area. The city and state will recoup more money from the economic growth that occurs.
If you wonder why Kimber is relocating to Troy, Alabama, it’s the same reason. They are getting a lot of tax breaks and help to build a factory in an economically depressed area of the state.
You have to spend money to make money.
Well, this pissed off some of the hard Lefties in NYC. Tax breaks for billionaires and corporations rubs them the wrong way because they don’t understand economics.
They pissed and moaned about the jobs not being good jobs, and it is true that Jeff Bezos is a piece of shit that runs his people ragged, but they still are jobs.
Well, after enough push back from the local Lefties, Amazon pulled the plug.
New York is not getting the 25,000-40,000 jobs, the state income taxes that go with them, and is instead left with a vacant lot. Amazon made it clear why they were pulling out, too.
“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” Amazon spokesperson Jodi Seth told ABC News.
The company wrote in a statement on its blog that the commitment to build a new headquarters requires “positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials,” but added that a number of politicians “have made it clear that they oppose our presence.”
Congresswoman She Guevara was thrilled over this.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his own statement on Amazon backing out.
A small group of 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.
So how did Rep. Maduro (D-NY 14th) respond to this.
Cuomo has Schumer’s ear, among other things.
Schumer is the most powerful Democrat in the Senate and, he and Pelosi are joined at the hip.
Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the House and the most powerful person in Congress right now.
I have a a feeling that Cuomo told Schumer to tell Pelosi to make Occasional-Cortex shut the fuck up.
The thing is AOC is not know for staying silent. She draws her power form social media and being in the spotlight. So only time will tell if she listens.
The Amazon relocation was important to Schumer, especially with his budget shortfall as a result of him taxing the shit out of enough New Yorkers to make them flee to Florida. Amazon pulling out is going to put his finances in an even tighter bind.
And it’s all AOC’s fault.
Cuomo is old school New York Italian. I’m pretty sure the thought of having AOC end up in a landfill in New Jersey at least flashed through his head when he read the Amazon announcement.
The next couple of years is going to be fun to watch because Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez just started her first term in office and her first actual success at accomplishing something was to step on Governor Cuomo’s balls and kill his pet project.
I have the distinct feeling that Cuomo and Schumer are going to make AOC’s reelection campaign sleep with the fishes.
New York City electoral politics just became a season of The Sopranos.