As the dust settles on the site formerly assigned to Amazon's New York HQ politicians are climbing over each other to lay blame at individiuals feet.
In reality this global tech giant wasn't stopped not by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (though she has helped draw attention to it). Instead credit needs to go to a plucky group formed as a grassroots coalition, who have single handedly thought of the giant.
The crowd roared in response, “Queens is not for sale!” Until a few days earlier, that basic fact had been in some doubt. Last fall, after closed-door negotiations that failed to allow for public input, the city and state of New York had announced a deal to lavish Amazon with roughly $3 billion in grants and other subsidies to incentivize the construction of a new corporate headquarters in Queens. Though the deal promised to generate tens of thousands of new jobs in the city, the prospect of a tech giant moving into Queens sparked immediate and ferocious pushback from a broad cross section of local grassroots groups, unions, and others who feared the company’s presence would raise rents, displace longtime residents, and give a corporation notorious for exploiting workers far too much sway over local democracy, among other concerns.