Poll: Majority Of New Yorkers Support Amazon's Move To Long Island City

December 05, 2018 - 3:50 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A new poll suggests New Yorkers support Amazon’s move to Long Island City, but a large number of them don’t like the incentives being given to the retail giant.

“When it comes to the Amazon deal, New Yorkers are conflicted,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow.

She explained that her organization’s poll shows that more than double the amount of New York City voters approve than disapprove Amazon coming to Queens.

However, those surveyed were split down the middle when they were asked if they were fine with the $3 billion in incentives offered to Amazon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

According to the report, Queens voters were the most supportive of the deal.

“Governor Cuomo’s handling of the Amazon deal and Mayor de Blasio’s handling of the Amazon dead – low grades,” Snow said.

Overall, Snow says 41 percent of those polled have concerns about amazon moving into already overstuff Long Island City.

“Among those concerns, the impact on housing is rated as number one, the impact on transportation was two, and the impact on overall quality of life ranked as the third. And 19 percent said all three of those concerns weigh on them,” Snow detailed.

Long Island City elected officials have vowed to fight the deal and have gained a fair amount of support from residents and union leaders, who claim that the retailer is anti-labor.