Bad feelings in Brooklyn after losing American Greetings

BROOKLYN, Ohio - People living in the Cleveland suburb that's losing American Greetings' headquarters have blasted local officials at the first city council meeting since the company announced it would leave.

The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland reports Brooklyn resident Mary Lee Bowen told city leaders they're to blame because they pushed to increase the city income tax two years ago.

American Greetings Corp. has said tax rates are just one reason it's moving its corporate offices to Westlake, 9 miles away. The nation's largest publicly traded greeting card company said in its announcement Friday that the new site in a bustling retail center will be inspiring and energizing.

Another Brooklyn resident defended the mayor and council. Ken Demchik urged the 30 people who attended Monday's meeting to boycott American Greetings products.

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