Amazon in Queens: A Tale of Two Cultures Told in Three Postcards

  • 25,000 new jobs over ten years
  • Career training focused on technology for residents
  • Tens of thousands of indirect jobs in the forms of construction, building services, and hospitality
  • Over $27 billion in state and local tax revenue
  • Educational support (Amazon pledged to donate real estate for the building of a new public school for 600 students)

The 25,000 (non-union) jobs

The billions in state and local tax concessions

The three postcards from Amazon that landed in my Queens mailbox over several weeks
  • HQ2 will mean 25,000 new jobs, yes over 10 years, but we will hire people with different levels of education from across all five boroughs of New York City.
  • Amazon will create technology and training programs to help underrepresented communities be better equipped for Amazon and other employment opportunities, including internships and work-based learning.
  • Amazon will infuse money into the Queens economy in the form of thousands of indirect jobs.
  • Small businesses will benefit — more than half the items sold on Amazon are from small and medium-sized business and Amazon Web Services is helping hundreds of thousands of startups launch and scale their businesses quickly and with minimal cost. In addition, the 25,000 new Amazon employees working in Long Island City will frequent small businesses, helping them grow and hire.

Call State Senator Mike Gianaris: 718–728–0960.

Tell him to support the project.



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Lorrie Lykins

Lorrie Lykins

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