Would someone please remind Mayor Bill de Blasio that it wasn’t Amazon acting alone in trying to come to New York City? Maybe he missed it (or he’s hoping his constituents did) but ol’ Bill played a HUGE (YUGE) part in this whole eff up.
Notice how hard he’s trying to throw Amazon under the bus …
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.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 14, 2019
Just three days ago, de Blasio was claiming the Amazon deal was ‘mission critical’.
From the New York Business Journal:
As Amazon reconsiders its decision to base a second headquarters in Queens due to community pushback, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it’s “mission critical” to complete the HQ2 deal with the e-tailer.
The mayor’s comments came just days after rumors spread about how the Seattle-based e-commerce giant (NASDAQ: AMZN) was reconsidering Long Island City as a spot for its second headquarters, or HQ2.
Per Bloomberg, de Balsio, testifying before the New York State Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committees, defended the deal he and Gov. Andrew Cuomo put together for Amazon:
We had a real live choice to make — 25,000 to 40,000 jobs, many of them good paying, that New Yorkers really want and that would be available to a wide range of New Yorkers. We want to build up our tech community, so to me it was mission critical that this city get those jobs rather than other cities.
The deal HE AND CUOMO put together for Amazon.
And here he is trying to blame Amazon for the whole mess.
What a schmuck.
This is a bad take
— Molly Knefel (@mollyknefel) February 14, 2019
It is bad, even for him.
de blasio and amazon cuomo right now pic.twitter.com/fMwDCRVhQO
— Mr Dyspeptic (@katzenbrau) February 14, 2019
— Colin Wright (@cbw623) February 14, 2019
Community didn’t want them.. don’t put this on Amazon
— thenyislander (@BrooklynGranite) February 14, 2019
Bill wants to put this on anyone BUT himself.
Thanks for trying to sell us out Bill. I voted for you and was excited by the energy you brought. But you're just another shill for billionaires I guess. I'm so proud of my borough and how they stood up to the Goliath you tried to pay
— Rundazzo (@rundazzo) February 14, 2019
That’s hilarious. I thought they went to NYC because of the incentives YOU gave them, Mr. Mayor. But the woke fringe rebelled and so Amazon canceled, and now you’re one of the rebels? You can’t have it both ways.
— Maranello1977 (@maranello1977) February 14, 2019
This didn’t go over so hot, Bill.
Wasn't your office pretty instrumental in brokering the deal that caused everyone to be upset about this from the jump?
— Forrest (@fshort90) February 14, 2019
Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Lol just hours ago your staff was touting an oped that proclaimed amazon was listening and being a great neighbor https://t.co/bZkt9WQ5pd
— macartney (@macartney) February 14, 2019
You have to be kidding is what you have to be.
— alicia (@wolvus) February 14, 2019
You’d think but nope.