AOC tries to Stampede another big Company from her District Fails Miserably
Ocasio-Cortez, who helped prevent Amazon from opening a campus office in Long Island City last year, encouraged Vincent Bradley, Chairman of the State Liquor Authority, to deny Total Wine & More a permit to open a box shop in College Point, Queens. While the applicant said the store would generate around 100 local employment, Ocasio-Cortez advised that the low prices would undercut liquor shops in the neighborhood.
“My district enjoys many of the benefits of a vibrant small business economy job creation for and by community members, socio-economic mobility for immigrants and new Americans, and long-lasting relationships between proprietors and their customers,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the Sept. 17 letter to Bradley obtained by The New York Post.
“I am deeply concerned about the potential impacts that MCT Fine Wine & Spirits would have on the local small business community. As a large retailer with ties to a billion dollar nationwide chain, Total Wines has access to resources and economies of scale with which smaller retailers could not compete,” she said.
“Total Wines has a history of loss leader pricing — selling alcohol at or below cost in order to sell high-end products at a generous margin. Our small businesses would not be able to compete with such practices and it would be devastating to the largely immigrant community that is currently employed at many of these stores.”
Ocasio-Cortez concluded: “In order to support our small businesses, I humbly state my opposition to MCT Fine Wine & Spirit’s application to operate a retail liquor establishment in Collegepoint, NY.”
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Ocasio-Cortez was won over by appeals from neighborhood liquor store owners who also flipped dozens of Queens authorities who originally backed the request of Michelle Trone, the Post revealed last week.
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