Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Assisted in Killing Plan to Bring 25,000 Jobs to New York City
John M. Kennedy, Candidate for Suffolk County Executive, is calling on current County Executive Steve Bellone to give back $400,000 that was raised at his re-election fundraiser last year in which Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins — who was one of the elected officials responsible for killing a plan to bring 25,000 jobs to New York City — attended.
On December 19, 2018, Ms. Stewart-Cousins headlined a fundraiser for Mr. Bellone’s re-election campaign in Huntington. Despite Ms. Stewart-Cousins’ public declarations that she would work to protect the interests of suburban working people, she was one of the elected officials who fought against the proposed Amazon HQ2 facility in Long Island City.
On February 14, 2019, Amazon announced it would not open a New York City location. Such a project would have attracted those same people whose interests she purports to protect.
“Mr. Bellone denounced the failure of the Amazon deal, while Ms. Stewart-Cousins supported undermining the deal,” Mr. Kennedy said. “Mr. Bellone should do the right thing and give back that money that Ms. Stewart-Cousins raised for him.”