NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Protesters were out in Queens Saturday amid reports that Amazon is not planning to pull its second headquarters out of Long Island City.
Dozens of anti-Amazon activists knocked on doors in the Queensbridge public housing complex to collect signatures in the hope of keeping the retail giant out of the neighborhood.
One activist said they want people to know that the 25,000 jobs Amazon promises will go to outsiders.
“They’re not going to be for people who live in Queensbridge,” she said. “It’s not going to be the folks who are currently here in the community.”
Helping out the activists were Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and State Sen. Mike Gianaris.
Van Bramer says the mayor and governor are out of touch with the people.
“They thought they were going to be heralded like at ticker tape parade down Broadway for bringing Amazon to New York,” Van Bramer said. "I think they have been stunned at the opposition. It's like a 2x4 hit them."
Gianaris had nothing nice to say about the governor either.
"I think he has dug himself a deep hole. He should just realize this was a mistake and not dig any deeper," he said.