New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Friday that Amazon’s decision to abandon plans to build a headquarters in New York City was “the greatest tragedy that I have seen since I have been in government.”
The comment, which he made during a WAMC-FM radio interview, rang as especially odd, seeing as Cuomo has been in government since at least 1993 when he was appointed Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Community Planning and Development. Since then, New York has faced several infamous tragedies—for example, the 9/11 terror attacks.
Immediately following the interview, according to USA Today’s Albany reporter, Cuomo’s office rushed to clarify to press that he was referring to government failure, not human tragedies.