Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fine with Amazon return to New York

  • It seems that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is open to Amazon coming back to the negotiating table over its New York HQ2 office.
  • Amazon announced last month that it was pulling out of its HQ2 deal to set up in Long Island City, Queens. Ocasio-Cortez celebrated, saying the move was a victory for "everyday New Yorkers."
  • But in an interview with Bloomberg, her chief of staff did not rule out welcoming Amazon back to the negotiating table, and Ocasio-Cortez said she understood efforts to re-engage the firm.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not dead-set against Amazon coming back to New York.

When Amazon announced in February it was abandoning its Queens HQ2 plans, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted jubilantly.

"Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world," she wrote.

Conservative groups have accused Ocasio-Cortez of scuppering the deal and costing the community thousands of jobs, with one going so far as to erect a billboard in Time Square.

In an interview with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti, said she objected to the "process" by which Amazon said it would come to New York, rather than being fully opposed to Amazon setting up shop in the city.

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"The deal was sprung on the community without any input and there's a real cost whenever tech companies come in without community input. Rents go up, people get evicted, there's an actual human cost," he said.

Chakrabarti emphasised that it was Amazon who chose to leave the negotiating table once community voices were brought in. When asked whether he'd welcome Amazon back to the negotiating table, Chakrabarti said: "We'd welcome having a process, yes... but I don't know where the talks are at this stage."

He added: "If we can do it through a community process and there's a way for the community to actually engage and make their demands heard, I think that would have been a better way to have done that."

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Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against Amazon outside of City Hall in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. New York's city council held a hearing today to discuss the tax incentives behind Amazon's HQ2 deal and the potential impact it could have on the city. Photographer: Sangsuk Sylvia Kang/Bloomberg via Getty Images
George Miranda, vice president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, left, and Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDU), speak during a protest against Amazon outside of City Hall in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. New York's city council held a hearing today to discuss the tax incentives behind Amazon's HQ2 deal and the potential impact it could have on the city. Photographer: Sangsuk Sylvia Kang/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDU), center, speaks during a protest against Amazon outside of City Hall in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. New York's city council held a hearing today to discuss the tax incentives behind Amazon's HQ2 deal and the potential impact it could have on the city. Photographer: Sangsuk Sylvia Kang/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: New York's city council holds its second hearing questioning the city and state's deal that gave Amazon three billion dollars to move a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. City council members criticized Amazon for its anti-union policies and its alleged cooperation with immigration authorities. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. Some Queens community members and activists say Amazon's move to Queens will further gentrify neighborhoods in the area and add more stress to an already struggling infrastructure system. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. Some Queens community members and activists say Amazon's move to Queens will further gentrify neighborhoods in the area and add more stress to an already struggling infrastructure system. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City. Some Queens community members and activists say Amazon's move to Queens will further gentrify neighborhoods in the area and add more stress to an already struggling infrastructure system. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Protesters gather in Lexington Ave, New York, US, on 19 December 2018, to say "No" to the Amazon "HQ2" decision. Organizers in northern Virginia, Nashville, and New York plan to protest the expansion of Amazon at meetings this weekand call for a community input process that has been noticeably lacking. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters gather in Lexington Ave, New York, US, on 19 December 2018, to say "No" to the Amazon "HQ2" decision. Organizers in northern Virginia, Nashville, and New York plan to protest the expansion of Amazon at meetings this weekand call for a community input process that has been noticeably lacking. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters gather in Lexington Ave, New York, US, on 19 December 2018, to say "No" to the Amazon "HQ2" decision. Organizers in northern Virginia, Nashville, and New York plan to protest the expansion of Amazon at meetings this weekand call for a community input process that has been noticeably lacking. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters gather in Lexington Ave, New York, US, on 19 December 2018, to say "No" to the Amazon "HQ2" decision. Organizers in northern Virginia, Nashville, and New York plan to protest the expansion of Amazon at meetings this weekand call for a community input process that has been noticeably lacking. (Photo by Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Activists, New York City politicians, and union members hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall to voice their opposition to a tax break deal given to Amazon, on December 12, 2018 in New York City. New York's mayor and governor offered Amazon significant economic incentives in order for them to build a new location in Long Island City, Queens. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/11/30: CUNY students, staff and allies held a rally outside Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. in downtown Manhattan, protesting CUNYs Board of Trustees chair Bill Thompson for endorsing the Amazon HQ2 deal. The students called on Bill Thompson to withdraw his support for the Amazon deal immediately and instead advocate for the investment of the $2.7 billion promised to the company to be invested in the CUNY university system and its students. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/11/30: CUNY students, staff and allies held a rally outside Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. in downtown Manhattan, protesting CUNYs Board of Trustees chair Bill Thompson for endorsing the Amazon HQ2 deal. The students called on Bill Thompson to withdraw his support for the Amazon deal immediately and instead advocate for the investment of the $2.7 billion promised to the company to be invested in the CUNY university system and its students. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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At the opening of her first District Office on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez also responded to questions about Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempting to woo Amazon back to New York.

"I don't think I was disappointed per se, I understand his [Cuomo's] position and I understand why he would want to bring them back to the negotiating table. I think what I would just have to say about that is we need to make sure that we are not imposing things on communities, but that communities have the ability to determine for themselves what they'd like to bring in."

According to The New York Times, Cuomo has been speaking with Amazon executives, including CEO Jeff Bezos, to try to get the company to change course. Business leaders are also doing their bit, publishing an open letter to Amazon in the Times asking Amazon to reconsider. 

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