It wasn’t the appointment to the Public Authorities Control Board, but the process itself.

That was the message on Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins when asked about the defeated project to bring Amazon to Long Island City in Queens, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid at the feet of Senate Democrats.

“I believe if the process had been better, I believe we would have had a better outcome,” she said in an interview on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show.

Amazon pulled the plug on the project, which could have brought up to 25,000 jobs tied to $3 billion in tax credits and other incentives, to New York City. The deal was scuttled after Stewart-Cousins nominated Sen. Mike Gianaris, a critic of the project, to a board that would have had veto authority over the tax incentives.

But Stewart-Cousins had no regret backing Gianaris for the board, calling it a logical move. She added she would have taken similar action for any Democratic lawmaker with a major project pending in their district.

“My pick was my deputy who, by the way, represents that particular district, it was a recommendation. It was not a direct appointment,” she said, noting the governor never formally approved the appointment.

“Everybody was asking questions and they were excluding from the process during almost two years of a process that got inked before anyone knew.”

Gianaris’s nomination was later withdrawn after the deal was shelved. Stewart-Cousins later nominated Sen. Leroy Comrie for the post.