Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Takes On Amazon: ‘Outrage’ in Queens Over the Idea of Big Tax Breaks For New HQ


The Wall Street Journal reported Monday night that Amazon is splitting its new headquarters between Crystal City, VA and Long Island City, NY. But a high-profile congresswoman-elect in a neighboring district is more than a little skeptical about the benefits of the move for her soon-to-be constituents.

In a Monday night Tweetstorm, Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that residents in Queens, NY — an area which includes part of her district — have expressed concerns that Amazon will take more from the neighborhood than it contributes.

“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “The community’s response? Outrage.”

She added, “Amazon is a billion-dollar company. 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.”

Cities across America have competed for the past year to land the global behemoth’s new so-called HQ2 — which now figures to add thousands of jobs in Northern Virginia and New York City. But Ocasio-Cortez seems unconvinced that her neighborhood stands to gain from Amazon’s big move, and fears that some people may be forced to leave.

“Displacement is not community development,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Investing in luxury condos is not the same thing as investing in people and families. Shuffling working class people out of a community does not improve their quality of life.”

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