Amazon may reconsider opening its second headquarters in New York, but a majority of voters support the $3 billion deal that would help the company establish a campus in Queens.
A new Siena College poll found 56 percent of voters support the Amazon project. The Seattle-based company announced in November that it has chosen New York City and the Washington D.C. area to host new corporate offices.
To lure Amazon to Queens, New York state and city officials offered a multi-billion dollar incentives package. It includes about $2.5 billion in tax credits linked to job creation goals and up to $500 million in grants that would be paid over a 10- or 15-year period.
The poll was released days after the Washington Post reported Amazon may move the headquarters to another state due to opposition from local officials in New York.
"Even as Amazon is said to be reexamining the deal with New York to locate in Queens, by 20 points New York voters approve of the deal," said Dr. Don Levy, director of the Siena College Research Institute.
Siena surveyed 778 registered voters over a four-day period beginning Feb. 4. The poll was completed before reports emerged about the possibility that Amazon may reconsider the New York selection.
Other polls have shown strong support for the Amazon project. Some prominent New York elected officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, have endorsed the proposal.
However, officials in Queens are concerned about the impact Amazon's headquarters may have on the surrounding community and the local housing market. State Sen. Michael Gianaris, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, has criticized the project. He believes the $3 billion deal between the state, city and Amazon should be renegotiated.
Cuomo hasn't been pleased with Gianaris and other critics of the Amazon project. While the state and city would invest $3 billion, the company would generate a projected $27 billion in tax revenue over 25 years.
During a speech Friday on Long Island, Cuomo accused the state Senate Democrats of "governmental malpractice" for opposing the Amazon deal.
"It is irresponsible to allow political opposition to overcome sound government policy," Cuomo said.
With Amazon reportedly reconsidering its Queens site, some upstate lawmakers urged the company to bring the headquarters to the Rochester-Syracuse corridor. It's unlikely to happen, though, because Rochester and Syracuse were among hundreds of proposed sites Amazon passed over when it selected Queens and the Washington area.