Amazon is pointing toward a huge reason that impacted their decision to no longer move forward with the NYC headquarters.
During an interview with NBC, the head of policy communications for Amazon Jodi Seth claimed that the hostile environment toward the company was enough to call it quits.
“It wasn’t any one incident,” Seth said. “It was that the environment over the course of the past three months had not got any better. There were some local and state elected officials who refused to meet with Amazon and criticized us day in and day out about the plan.”
However, Seth also pointed to specific lawmakers who were making the negotiations more difficult.
“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.”
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 15, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez has been very outspoken against Amazon and the incentives they would have received for building the new headquarters in New York. After the news was released, the lawmaker took to Twitter to celebrate the decision.
“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
However, some New York lawmakers do not share the same opinion, with Governor Andrew Cuomo slamming lawmakers for not being willing to work with the company. It is uncertain if Amazon will choose another city for its secondary headquarters.