Mayor Won't Take Stand On Bill Banning Future Amazon-Like Deals

December 22, 2018 - 4:31 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- After a weeks-long backlash to New York’s deal with Amazon over a Queens headquarters, there’s now a City Council bill to prohibit non-disclosure agreements during future negotiations with companies.

Amazon made all the competing cities sign NDAs as talks were being made behind closed doors.

The legislation was proposed in the City Council Friday.

At Gracie Mansion on Saturday, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has championed the Amazon deal along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said there needs to be some commitment to secrecy during the process or else it won’t work.

“There has to be transparency after,” the mayor also said. “Insuring that all the information from the process at the conclusion is made public, I think is very important.”

De Blasio isn’t taking a stand yet on the bill, but he does say things were kept quiet for a reason.

“The non-disclosure agreement, as I understand it, is meant to protect the negotiation process while it's happening, which I think is understandable because if there's constant leaking coming out of a negotiation, it's a negotiation that will not work,” he said.

Amazon’s opponents are upset the city’s plans never had to go through the customary public review process.

Proponents of the bill say it will allow for more public involvement through the entire process.