New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

New York Post NYC politicians still use Amazon despite slamming HQ2 by Carl Campanile

NYC politicians still use Amazon despite slamming HQ2

Amazon is even making money off its biggest critics.

Some Big Apple pols who are among the most vociferous opponents of the $2.8 billion package of incentives that the city and state rolled out to land the online retail giant a new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, are among its 100 million Prime subscribers.

Congresswoman-elect and leftist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted last week, “Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign ordered thousands of dollars in supplies and services from Amazon for her successful insurgent Democratic primary challenge that toppled longtime Rep. Joe Crowley.

Her campaign account recorded 68 entries of payments to Amazon for supplies and services worth $10,692.23, including $924.20 for used Chromebook laptops for her staff and fees for Amazon software services.

She also maintained an Amazon Wish List.

Among the items Ocasio-Cortez requested: a portable air conditioner, Ashley furniture, shelf liners, copy paper, Nestlé Coffee-Mate creamer, Café Bustelo espresso coffee, Acer Chromebooks, sparking water, Planters Honey Roasted peanuts, Wonderful Pistachios, Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit, Wild Soil Almonds and Grandma’s Cookies variety packs.

Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent told The Post that it isn’t inconsistent for his boss to be an Amazon customer while opposing “corporate welfare.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who is weighing a run for the presidency in 2020, also ripped the Amazon deal negotiated behind the scenes by Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“One of the wealthiest companies in history should not be receiving financial assistance from the taxpayers while too many New York families struggle to make ends meet,” Gillibrand said.

Her campaign bought office supplies 51 times from Amazon during the 2018 election season, totaling $2,040.10, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

A Gillibrand spokesman declined to comment.

Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos attended an anti-Amazon rally in Long Island City last week, but told The Post, “You have me dead to rights,” when asked about his own Amazon Wish List.

“I’m a dad. Tech companies make my life easier,” he said, adding that doesn’t mean Amazon should get its own private helipad.

“Even a billionaire like Mike Bloomberg rode the subway,” Kallos said.

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