Smullen: Failed Amazon Deal Shows Worst of Cuomo

A statement from Assemblyman Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) regarding Amazon’s plans to cancel their second HQ in NYC.

"Why did governor want to hand out over $3 billion of taxpayer dollars to one of the richest companies in the world in the first place? The governor found $3 billion to give to Amazon, while upstate communities receive pennies on the dollar in state aid. Now that he’s not, we should reinvest that money into our upstate communities, since middle-class families and small businesses aren't receiving the same generous handouts offered to corporations and the governor’s campaign donors. We’re facing a $3 billion budget deficit, a $2.3 billion revenue shortfall and a continuing outflow of over a million residents, so this was just an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars."