Amazon has faced loads of complaints in New York City since it announced plans last month to build a major new campus there. But most local voters approve of the project, with some of the strongest support coming from Queens, where the new campus will be built, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Overall, 57 percent of New Yorkers polled approved of the plan, with 26 percent against it. Sixty percent of Queens residents supported the project, with 26 percent against. The poll results aren’t a total slam dunk for Amazon, since voters were mixed on their support for the company’s $3 billion incentives package for coming to the city. In all, 46 percent supported the incentives, while 44 percent opposed. In Queens, 55 percent supported the package, and 39 percent were against it. Of the 1,075 New Yorkers polled, people overwhelmingly felt the city should have more of a say in the project, which is largely being reviewed by New York state. Also, 71 percent of those polled said they have shopped on Amazon. Amazon last month announced plans to build two new major campuses in Long Island City, Queens, in New York, and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Each project is slated to bring 25,000 new jobs and a $2.5 billion investment from Amazon over a decade. The poll results give Amazon, as well as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — who are two big backers of… [Read full story]
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