New York lawmakers look to block Amazon’s Long Island City deal

November 29, 2018 - 10:52 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There is new opposition to Amazon's plan to build another headquarters in Long Island City.

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Three city council members; Jumaane Williams, Brad Lander, and Jimmy Van Bramer are rolling out legislation to block the deal which gives Amazon millions in tax breaks and incentives.

"Our government should be taking steps to act as a check on rampant corporate expansion, to ensure that any new development is designed with the greatest possible benefit to New Yorkers in need and to prevent any unintended consequences. Small businesses must be given the tools to survive and thrive, and economically disadvantaged New Yorkers need to be given enhanced opportunity in this new development.  We must put community interests over corporate interests," Williams said in a statement, "I am opposing this deal as it stands, and will do all in my power to fight its implementation."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports Amazon's decision as good for the local economy and job growth.

"These people who come to New York --- they are going to be net positives, not net negatives,'' Cuomo said on WNYC radio. "They're going to bring wealth. They're going to be earning wealth. And that's going to be a stimulus, not a detraction.''

Mayor Bill de Blasio has also supported Amazon's presence in New York.