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The only clear winner from Amazon’s New York pullout

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15.02.2019

New York’s progressive politicians have their wish. On Thursday, after rising opposition from the local left, Amazon — founded by Jeffrey P. Bezos, The Post’s owner — announced that it will not be building a second headquarters in their city. Either this was a landmark victory for progressives opposed to financial incentives offered by cities courting large corporations, or a landmark lesson in being careful what you wish for.

Even by New York standards, the political alignment on the project known as HQ2 was peculiar. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who openly detest each other, stood side by side in favor. Opposed were former mayor Michael Bloomberg, a fiscally conservative technocratic centrist, making common cause with far-left Democratic politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

De Blasio’s and Cuomo’s motives were clear: The politicians wanted to spur development outside the overcrowded Manhattan core, to collect the ancillary tax revenue that Amazon’s operations would generate and to be able to tell voters they brought 25,000 high-paying jobs to New York. It was odder to see Bloomberg and Ocasio-Cortez lining up — and they didn’t, really. Bloomberg opposed subsidizing job creation, while Ocasio-Cortez loves government-subsidized employment but doesn’t want it to benefit that most-hated figure, the large and........

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