A new poll by Siena College finds that 67 percent of New Yorkers believe that Amazon’s decision not to move to Long Island City will be bad for New York.
Amazon pulled out of the deal because of local opposition, caused by the $3 billion in tax breaks and incentives they were receiving. However, by a 61 to 30 percent margin, New Yorkers supported the deal.
“While some may have celebrated Amazon’s announcement to pull the plug, the vast majority of New Yorkers of every stripe thought it was bad for the Empire State,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.
Many New Yorkers blame Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The poll finds that 38 percent label her as a “villain” in the deal falling apart, while 12 percent characterize her as a hero. New Yorkers also blame Amazon, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, the State Senate and local activists in Queens.
“Amazon itself was seen as the biggest villain among Democrats, but Republicans and independents had Ocasio-Cortez as far and away the largest villain, followed by the local Queens activists,” Greenberg said.
Source: Siena College
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