Queens residents are “outraged” at Amazon’s plans to build part of its second headquarters in Long Island City, according to Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The Democratic Socialist, who cruised to victory in the midterm elections after beating Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens) in an upset primary win in June, fired off a series of tweets Monday night into Tuesday regarding the blockbuster plans.
“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this. The community’s response? Outrage,” Ocasio-Cortez, who officially takes office in January, tweeted.
The 29-year-old went on to say: “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.”
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that when it comes to bringing an influx of jobs to the community, “we need to dig deep.”
“Has the company promised to hire in the existing community?” she questioned. “What’s the quality of jobs + how many are promised? Are these jobs low-wage or high wage? Are there benefits? Can people collectively bargain?”
In another tweet, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: “Displacement is not community development. 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.”
Ocasio-Cortez added: “We need to focus on good healthcare, living wages, affordable rent. Corporations that offer none of those things should be met w/ skepticism.”
She continued: “Lastly, this isn’t just about one company or one headquarters. It’s about cost of living, corps paying their fair share, etc. It’s not about picking a fight, either. I was elected to advocate for our community’s interests – & they‘ve requested, clearly, to voice their concerns.”
Amazon plans to split its second headquarters between Long Island City and Northern Virginia, sources with knowledge of the matter previously confirmed to The Post.
The sites are forecast to employ about 50,000 people combined.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has urged the tech giant to come to the Big Apple, once saying he would “do whatever I need to do to make it a reality.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio has previously voiced concerns about the planned move, but believes it will ultimately pay off.
“There will be hassles, there will be challenges, but I think we can accommodate them,” the mayor told reporters last week. “We will have to invest in infrastructure. I think it will be worth it.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens) have slammed Amazon’s plans to build its headquarters in Long Island City.
The pols plan to hold an event Wednesday in Queens to say “no to Amazon HQ2 in Long Island City.”
“As elected officials representing Long Island City and its surrounding neighborhoods, we have serious reservations about the reported deal to bring Amazon to LIC,” Gianaris and Van Bramer previously said in a joint statement. “Offering massive corporate welfare from scarce public resources to one of the wealthiest corporations in the world at a time of great need in our state is just wrong.”
Amazon is expected to officially make an announcement of its plans Tuesday.
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