Lawmakers, Residents Against Amazon Deal Hit Streets Of Queens

February 09, 2019 - 2:00 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Anti-Amazon activists tried to spread the word in Queens Saturday that the e-commerce giant is bad for business in the borough.

Dozens of Queens residents opposed to Amazon becoming their neighbor went door-to-door at the Queensbridge NYCHA houses to hand out information on why the Amazon deal is bad.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris was among those canvassing. He’s leading the charge in Albany against Amazon.

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“Giving $3 billion to the richest man in the country is no way to do economic development policy,” Gianaris said.

When asked about reports that Amazon is reconsidering the move, he told WCBS 880:

“It seems to me it was an attempt to threaten the people of New York – to bend us to their will. And that’s not going to happen,” he said.

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Gianaris says the $3 billion New York is handing over in subsidies to Amazon isn’t worth it, and despite the 25,000 new jobs Amazon may bring, the state would come out the loser in the deal.