When anti-Amazon activists gathered in Queens on Saturday, they gathered signatures for a petition designed to derail the online giant's plans for a campus in Long Island City – others tore the resistance short-sighted.
Opponents such as Senator Michael N. Gianaris took part in around 40 activists in Queensbridge Park for a small rally on a cold morning, one day after a report in the Washington Post owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos The company claimed that it was to Queens to think.
"We learned last year that Amazon is not a responsible company," he said. "They want to take us three billion dollars," he said, pointing to the tax credits and other incentives that the state and city had agreed to hand over to his district-based company.
"We're trying to stop it," he added.
This annoys Jay Martin, who lives on the border between Astoria and Long Island City.
"My neighbors are all in favor, but they are the kind." from people who go to work and go home ̵
Rob Cockerill, 30, who moved to Long Island City three years ago, also wants the company to undergo HQ2.
"It's an exciting new tech industry here," he said. "If they get it right, it would be a lot of well-paid jobs." Look at how well Google has worked in Manhattan . "
Two polls – one paid for Amazon – that New Yorkers surveyed on arrival of the E-Tailer seem to outnumber the followers.
After the deal was announced in November, Quinnipiac University noted that 57 per cent of New Yorkers supported the plan, while 26 per cent opposed it, with the split tighter in Queens, 55 per cent against, 39 per cent against, but with a majority stake
and a second from Harris X last week Survey funded by Amazon surprisingly found that 69 percent of the city was in favor and 19 percent against, with 80 percent eyebrow surveys and 16 percent against Queens.
p Lead supporters such as Governor Cuomo – who negotiated the Amazon deal with Mayor de Blasio – pointed to the prospect of 25,000 new high-paying jobs and infrastructure improvements.
But opponents point out that Google had recently announced plans for $ 1 billion expansion that could create 12,000 jobs for the West Village and Chelsea, with no particular incentives.
"Will there be jobs for the people in this community? No, "said Letitia Karnege, a resident of the Queensbridge Houses, who added her name to the petition. "If it's not for the people, then I'm not for Amazon. Why should you come here and take over our neighborhood? "19659002] Not everyone has decided."
"I do not know what to believe," Queensland Houses-based Shirley West, 70, confessed, "All these jobs for the kids are tempting. "