In response to Friday’s explosive report that Amazon was reassessing its plan to construct a campus in Lengthy Island Metropolis, lawmakers are talking out. New York State Sen. Mike Gianaris, who represents Queens and opposes the deal, characterized the report as extortion on Amazon’s half: “If they need to threaten that they gained’t come right here without it, that’s their determination. However, we shouldn’t enable ourselves to be extorted,” he informed the Wall Street Journal.
New York Metropolis council member Brad Lander took to Twitter on Saturday to air his stance on Friday’s “rigorously-timed threats” from Amazon and the corporate’s “fixed monopolistic certainty that they have the appropriate to make their very own guidelines & dictate them to the remainder of us.”
Lander’s thread of tweets argued that the corporate’s historical past of looking for out tax breaks, Amazon’s “bullying” opposition to Seattle’s try to introduce a company head-tax to pay for inexpensive housing final spring, and its penchant for nondisclosure agreements, “is sending a sign that the [sic] view native democracy as a nuisance to be defeated.” Amazon’s allies in public workplace, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, additionally addressed the report of Amazon’s reassessment of LIC on Friday.
Talking at an occasion, Cuomo reportedly stated the lack of the campus could be “large,” and took purpose on the state Senate describing senators’ opposition as “governmental malpractice,” in response to the New York Instances. “I’ve by no means seen an extra absurd state of affairs,” he reportedly mentioned.
In response to Cuomo’s feedback, a spokesperson for the State Senate’s Democratic majority launched a press release to the Instances: “It’s unlucky that the Governor is attempting to divide the Democratic Party at this significant and historical time.”