Bill de Blasio Does Not Appear to Be Taking the Amazon HQ2 Breakup Well

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Jeff Bezos yanked his would-be HQ2 campus this week in a show that Amazon simply couldn’t take the heat from New Yorkers who opposed the secretive deal and its potential implications for the city’s residents, and the Queens community in particular. After Amazon announced it was pulling out, many progressive politicians viewed the outcome as a clear victory. This group does not include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.


Speaking with Chuck Todd for an interview with Meet the Press, de Blasio—who has consistently extolled the tens of thousands of jobs it would have created while seemingly missing the myriad reasons it would have been a disaster for New Yorkers—slammed Amazon’s decision to walk away from the deal as “an example of an abuse of corporate power.”

“Amazon just took their ball and went home,” de Blasio said. “And what they did was confirm people’s worst fears about corporate America. Here’s the 1 percent, dictating to everyone else even though we gave them a fair deal. And I think it’s going to frustrate people all over this country to see a company treat a neighborhood and a city like that.”

The mayor still appears to believe that the corporate handouts the deal managed to negotiate were well worth it to New Yorkers, but he doesn’t seem to be letting this bad blood between Amazon and the city go. He made his feelings on the failed deal known in a Saturday op-ed at the New York Times that waffled on corporate accountability and some of the reasons New Yorkers were concerned about the deal to begin with:

As the mayor of the nation’s largest city, a place that’s both a progressive beacon and the very symbol of capitalism, I share the frustration about corporate America. So do many of my fellow mayors across the country. We know the game is rigged. But we still find ourselves fighting one another in the race to secure opportunity for our residents as corporations force us into all-against-all competitions.

He added: “Amazon’s HQ2 bidding war exemplified that injustice. It’s time to end that economic warfare with a national solution that prevents corporations from pitting cities against one another.”

Fair! But you helped craft the deal, my dude. This also seems like exactly the kind of response you might expect from anyone who got dumped on Valentine’s Day.


[NBC News]



Quoting an NY professor who said it best.

“I cannot even begin the quantify or qualify how big a mistake our leadership has made by allowing this to happen.

- 25,000 jobs at an average income of $150,000/yr - Gone.
- Nearly $4 BILLION a year in taxable compensation income - Gone.
- Ability for NYC students and graduates (especially minorities) to lift themselves into or beyond the middle class - Gone.
- Drawing in other companies to make up for financial services companies flight to NJ or other places due to high NYC taxes - Gone.

I guess it’s better for our college graduates or mid-level managers to be working at The Gap or Starbucks.

As an Adjunct Professor of Information Technology at the largest public university in New York City - which serves primarily minority students - it sickens me when I see these opportunities taken away from them.

This is the very definition of cutting off your nose to spite your face.”