Ocasio-Cortez: We Don't Have to Settle for Amazon’s ‘Scraps’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Amazon during her inauguration speech on Saturday, blasting the company after its botched plan to build a second headquarters in her district of Queens. “We need to create dignified jobs in New York City,” Ocasio-Cortez said to applause. “We do not have to settle for scraps in the greatest city in the world. We deserve for more and can ask for more, and if they don’t want to negotiate, that’s their problem not ours.” Amazon planned to construct its New York City HQ2 with more than $3 billion in state and city tax breaks. The discount drew significant opposition from local activists and politicians, including Ocasio-Cortez. On Thursday, Amazon announced that it would not build the new center in New York City.