• Nick Sorrentino

Amazon tells New York to Drop Dead, Pulls out of HQ deal, Mayor gets salty

On the one hand taxpayers are winning since they are no longer on the hook for the goodies the politicians gave to the online giant. On the other hand Amazon just highlighted how hostile some areas of the country have gotten toward business and that is probably not good for the city or the state. We wondered why Amazon even considered New York in the first place? One would have thought that they would have anticipated becoming the target they became. This is why we saw Raleigh or Nashville as particularly good contenders for HQ 2. (Nashville did land part of the Amazon deal.) In those places Amazon could probably have secured nice fat taxpayer exploiting crony deals but also would have had local bigwigs who wouldn't vilify the company and who wouldn't make business harder than it needed to be.

New York was a very strange choice.

(From The New York Post)
Mayor de Blasio tried to shrug off Amazon’s bombshell announcement Thursday that it’s scrapping plans to build a massive new campus in Queens — blaming the retail giant for “throwing away” the opportunity.
“You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity,” de Blasio said in a statement.

Look, it was a hugely crony deal. This is one of the very few things Ms. Ocasio Cortez has been right on. (Maybe the only one as far as we can tell.) But it's funny to see DeBlasio upset that Amazon decided it wasn't going to deal with his (and others) nonsense.