Poll: Will Amazon ultimately build HQ2 in Queens?

New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer during the Committee on Finance's second Amazon HQ2 hearing.
New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer during the Committee on Finance's second Amazon HQ2 hearing.
Emil Cohen for the New York City Council
New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer during the Committee on Finance's second Amazon HQ2 hearing.

Poll: Will Amazon ultimately build HQ2 in Queens?

And what would it take to get everyone on board with the plan?
February 4, 2019

This week, state Senate Democrats raised the stakes in the standoff over the siting of a new Amazon headquarters in Queens: They appointed state Sen. Michael Gianaris, an outspoken opponent of a secretly negotiated $3 billion deal, to a key state board that must grant its approval.

Gianaris’ appointment comes just a few days after Amazon executives once again were grilled by the New York City Council as they sought to sell the deal to skeptical lawmakers while also emphasizing they they want their company to be welcomed in the community.

Among Amazon’s promised benefits are thousands of new jobs – including job training and some hiring at a local public housing complex. But critics have called for the company to be more union-friendly, while others have pointed out existing problems that could be exacerbated by the move, including overcrowded subways and aging sewer systems.

Back in early December, a majority of New York City voters supported the plan, according to a Quinnipiac poll, although there was more of a split over the generous city and state incentives offered to entice the company. This week, we’re asking you, our readers, to weigh in on the plan, including whether it’s still going to happen and what Amazon should do – if anything – to placate its critics.

What should Amazon do to make the agreement more appealing?

Abandon the plan
1%
All of the aboive AND refuse to take the state & city subsidies and offer the money up to NYers in a referendum pick
1%
All of the above
1%
All of the above + commit to ethical practices (including ICE, wages, etc)
1%
All of the above and far more
1%
All of the above and not take any of the tax breaks and other deals.
1%
All of the above plus no tax breaks
1%
All of the above!
1%
All of the above, except of course None of the above
1%
Amazon should not build in LIC, but if they are intent on building they need to do ALL of the above at the very least
1%
Be glad Amazon wants to come there.
1%
become a co-op
1%
Begin taking its message to the people. Post card mailers didn’t work for Amazon mail order competitors, so why are they even c
1%
Don’t take billions in future tax incentives , that is public money and should be directed to public institutions,not privatized
1%
Find a city that truly needs help/revenue/more business!
1%
Get out
1%
Get out of Queens
1%
Get out of Queens!
1%
Give NYC & NYS each $100 billion
1%
Go away
1%
Go far, far away.
1%
go to the east new york
1%
Go upstate where jobs are needed and there is space. You can be near Stewart Airport.
1%
Instead of giving $3billion to Amazon- the state of New York should use that money to invest directly in infrastructure.
1%
Invest in education and recreational activity venues for teens, young adults and children
1%
Invest in the elementary and middle schools in and around NYCHA.
1%
Just walk way
1%
Kill the deal.
1%
Leave
1%
Leave New York.
1%
leave NY
1%
Locate somewhere else.
1%
Move it to Manhattan overlooking Long Island City or Queens. Invest in the Subways Heavily to avoid a nightmare for NYC
1%
No compromises! No deal is worth the devastation to our communities. Period.
1%
not be given any tax breaks
1%
Not take money from New York.
1%
Not take the tax breaks and pay their fair share of taxes
1%
Nothing Amazon can promises will make the agreement more appealing. They actively fight the best interests of the community.
1%
Nothing they can do to make this better.
1%
Nothing they do could make the deal acceptable for Queens
1%
Nothing, they should just leave
1%
Nothing--stay away from Queens!
1%
NYS should not provide huge subsidies to any corporation, sports team, etc, etc.
1%
Pay all the appropriate taxes. Unionize workers.
1%
Reject public benefits
1%
Renounce all tax subsidies and job creation subsidies
1%
sewers & subway is no brainer, since amazon will be ADDING considerably to pre-existing problems. Answer to 1&2 depends on it
1%
there is nothing they can do to make this a good deal! it will destroy our communities!
1%
They can turn Amazon into a co-op run by the workers. Or simply shut down, finally pay their taxes, and donate the rest.
1%
We don’t accept any deals from amazon. We do not support them coming to queens AT ALL
1%
Withdraw from the agreement and go elsewhere.
1%
Something else (select and write-in below)
24%
None of the above
23%
Invest in subway infrastructure
18%
Support expanded unionization efforts
13%
Invest more in local hiring and job training
12%
Invest in public housing
9%
Invest in sewer infrastructure
1%
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