IF ever there was an elected political position ripe for the taking, New York State’s 12th District Senator seat would be it. Occupied by Mike Gianaris since 2010, this seemingly innocuous legislative role was thrust into the limelight by Amazon HQ2. Given Gianaris’ staunch opposition and the subsequent reversal by Amazon on LIC, …and Queens, backlash in the form of a challenger was all but inevitable. Now a potential candidate has emerged according to Crain’s New York. [Read more…] about Possible Candidate Emerges to Take on Gianaris
New York City is looking at reviving prior development plans for the HQ2 site according to James Padgett the President of the Economic Development Corp (EDC) in [Read more…] about City Looks To Revive Prior Development Plans For HQ2 Site
Amazon has canceled its plans to build HQ2 in Long Island City.
Why? From the press release: [Read more…] about A Horrible Day For Long Island City
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
While Amazon HQ2 may or may not be a good deal for NYC, there is no question it’s a great deal for LIC.
Now that Amazon has called their bluff, it’s time for the two anti-HQ2 politicians representing Long Island City to stop grandstanding and come to the table with specific asks. Preferably ones that the neighborhood is rallying for and have so far been fully ignored by Amazon de Cuomo, such as [Read more…] about AMAZON IN LIC: THE OPPOSITION TO THE OPPOSITION COMETH
“BE careful what you wish for” was the advice I doled out back in November upon the initial opposition to HQ2 coming to LIC. With the appointment this week of our State Senator Mike Gianaris as one of only three voting members of a board – any of whom can veto the Amazon deal – Gianaris now owns whether this deal can be negotiated to his liking, or if Amazon walks. In doing so I hope that he is taking into consideration all of his constituents and not just pandering to that au courant segment of his political party that seems to be grabbing headlines the past few months.
It’s quite a turn in the spotlight for the Senator, who like most local officials [Read more…] about OK MIKE GIANARIS, YOU OWN IT NOW