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Anti-Amazon messages fill Long Island City week after deal announced

November 23, 2018 - 2:30 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Residents of Long Island City say they’ve noticed an increasing amount of anti-Amazon signs and graffiti across the neighborhood to protest the online retail giant’s controversial deal with New York.

Posters have gone up near the East River location where Amazon’s East Coast headquarters would be located, and spray-painted tags have been showing up on sidewalks and bike shelters with messages like “#NoAmazonInLIC.”

Another popular tag includes the word Amazon encircled by a red “no” symbol.

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The anger is over Amazon getting nearly $3 billion from the city and state in tax incentives and tax breaks.

The company was wooed by more than 100 cities but ultimately chose New York City and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, for its two new headquarters. It announced the decision a little over a week ago.

Many residents in Queens say a wealthy company is getting billions in tax breaks and incentives while the subway system crumbles and MTA fares are set to rise again.

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“I wonder if they really deserve all the help from the state government,” one man said. “A company that makes billions of dollars in profit, do they really need subsidies from Albany to really help them out?”

Another resident chimed in: “There’s too many people here already.”

“I think they should move it to Detroit or another city that actually needs reviving,” she said.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was recently elected to the House to represent parts of Queens, has become one of the officials leading the charge against Amazon, along with Sen. Michael Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. Fellow Democrats Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have shown support for the deal. 

Those who support the Amazon deal say City Hall will get billions more in employer and employee taxes to help fix the subway. They also say Amazon will bring thousands of high-paying jobs and improve the look of the once-industrial neighborhood.