When anti-Amazon activists rallied in Queens Saturday and then gathered signatures for a petition aimed at tracking online plans for a Long Island City campus – others tore the resistance as short-sighted.
Opponents like State Sen. Michael N. Gianaris joined around 40 activists in Queensbridge Park for a small rally on a Friday morning – one day after a report by the Washington Post, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, claimed the company is considering coming to Queens.
"We learned last year that Amazon is not a responsible company," he said. "They want to take $ 3 billion from us," he said, referring to the tax breaks and other incentives agreed by the state and city to provide the company, who is in his district.
"We're trying to stop it," he added.
It alternates Jay Martin, who lives on the border with Astoria and Long Island City.
"My neighbors are all for it, but they are the kind of people who go to work and go home
Rob Cockerill, 30, who moved to Long Island City three years ago, will also have the company go through with HQ2.