By Nicole Brown and Alison Fox,
November 14, 2018

Calling the plan to build one of Amazon’s new headquarters in Long Island City “a bad deal,” elected officials and advocates on Wednesday protested New York's agreement with the company.

“The state and the city should both be embarrassed to be standing behind this deal,” State Sen. Michael Gianaris said at the rally, at Vernon Boulevard and 44th Drive in Long Island City. “They got taken, plain and simple.”

“Why is Amazon entitled to $3 billion, $3 billion tax dollars? Why can Google bring 20,000 jobs here without any public subsidy?” Gianaris asked the crowd, which held signs and mock Amazon boxes with frowning faces.

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio “conspired secretly to cut a deal with Jeff Bezos” by not allowing the City Council, which has authority on land use decisions, to have a role in the negotiations.

“They said we’re going to fix the process so you don’t have to worry about those pesky City Council members and those pesky community members who might have some problems with the deal,” the councilman said. “Talk about three men in a room.”