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You don't start with some bogus, oversimplified, 'trickle up/down' philosophy: if we give them X we will get 2X back for "us."
I wonder if, as Amazon got further into the planning, they realized the cost was going to be far more than anticipated, so they are using "local politicians" as an excuse to back out.
This is "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul."
How does that revenue get to the actual locals, those not already positioned downstream to see the revenue?
the folks selling boots to the construction workers, doing dry cleaning, running a lunch place, serving happy hour, selling expensive goods, etc, will see the employee dollars.
How many here think that, if Amazon moved into their backyards, they would get hired? Not all of us are techies.
A decisive moment appeared to come when the Senate Democrats selected Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens for a state board with the power to veto the deal. Mr. Gianaris had once supported the efforts to bring Amazon to New York, but became a vocal critic after learning the details of the plan.
said Mr. Gianaris, whose district includes Long Island City. “The only thing that happened here is that a community that was going to be profoundly affected by their presence started asking questions.
Still, the company did not hire a single New Yorker as an employee to represent it in discussions with local groups. Its main representatives traveled between Washington and Manhattan, and only one had moved into an apartment to work with community members and foster support.
The city/state, busy putting in those utilities, is suddenly going to fix broken down schools in another part of the county or state? Better local transpo for all?
Mssrs. Cuomo and de Blasio should have better prepared for what was in store, since their constituents are maybe more worried about housing, subways and the cost of living than in job creation alone. In fact, it’s partly thanks to the failure of these elected leaders to seriously address the subway and housing crises that Amazon was met by some with such visceral anger and anxiety.
..... and the companies ultimately do not do what they indicated.
“We were subsidizing those jobs so for… the city was paying for those jobs. So frankly, if we were willing to give Amazon three…if we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves if we wanted to.”
Good luck investing these $3B now. Maybe this belongs to the BU forum