Monday, January 21, 2019
Amazon sends glossy junk mail to Queens residents.
“Happy New Year from your future neighbors at Amazon.”
That’s the message in one of two fliers being sent to residents in Queens as the company tries to win over residents in its controversial move to the borough.
“The announcement of our new headquarters in Long Island City was the beginning of what we hope will be a long and mutually beneficial partnership between New Yorkers and Amazon,” the mailer says.
The positive aspects of the move are touted in both fliers, including the creation of 25,000 new jobs over 10 years and career training for residents.
The first flier says Amazon will be a “partner” with the community.
The flier also encourages people to call state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) or other state lawmakers to tell them to support the project.
Gianaris has been a critic of Amazon’s move to Queens.
"It's ironic that Amazon wants billions of our taxpayer dollars and is spending so much to convince the people of western Queens that it is entitled to those dollars," Gianaris said in a statement. "People will not be fooled by slick advertising — they will continue to be against the Amazon deal and so will I."
Critics of the company’s move to Long Island City have pointed to the $3 billion in tax breaks as well as concerns about the impact on housing prices and if there is enough transportation to handle all the new commuters.