“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 usually takes a back seat to our charismatic and outgoing City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. The New York Times wrote a profile of Gianaris yesterday in which he stated “that his opposition was grounded in a commitment to fighting economic inequality: ‘This is an inflection point about the direction of our country, and how we handle one of the greatest issues of our time.’ Hmm.
While LICtalk agreed from the outset that NYC probably could have struck a much better deal, even with the enormous price tag this is not a national issue. More importantly, it’s a huge win for Long Island City. Please don’t conflate the two when you get to the bargaining table.
Amazon Opponent Picked For Powerful State Board That Could Stop Project – Gianaris represents the Long Island City neighborhood where Amazon’s new headquarters will be located
Amazon Wants to Come to New York. This Senator May Stand in The Way – “Mr. Gianaris’s opposition to the deal has won him progressive accolades at a time when the demographics in his district are rapidly changing”
Michael Bloomberg: Amazon Didn’t Need NYC Incentives – would have come anyway given all that NYC/LIC has to offer
New Poll: 80% of Queens Voters Approve of Amazon Coming – as do 77% of voters who live in Gianaris’ Senate district
Renting in LIC: What $2,900 Will Get You – a brand new white box
BQX Plan Expected to Roll Into Next Phase – NYC about to waste $7 mil on an environmental plan
LIC Bagel Opens at 41-02 27th Street – Dutch Kills gets bagels
Why The Library Took So Long – and what to do about it in the future