“As Amazon gets richer, workers are waiting for protections they needed yesterday, and the state has an important role to play. Gov. Hochul can demonstrate her leadership and prove that she will fight for working people. The first step is signing the Warehouse Worker Protection Act.”
Once a seemingly promising structure to ensure that real estate groups don’t run roughshod over local neighborhoods in development deals—and still a common practice in other cities—CBAs are now disdained by many New York City community groups and developers alike. The mechanism’s demise is a lesson, development experts say, in both the strength and limitations of demanding concessions in exchange for neighborhood-changing construction projects.
‘The narrative that New York is anti-business, triggered by the recent defeat of the Industry City proposal, is not only misleading, but simplistic.’
The de Blasio administration’s vision will take decades to realize. But in the near term, a subway station must be funded and a nonprofit steering entity created, amid deep concerns from some local advocates.
‘Treating the Amazon HQ2 project as a proxy for all new development was an error in judgement.’
Not far from the site where Amazon would have established its New York HQ2, city planners and community members have been talking—thoughtfully, by most accounts—about a development project that could span decades and reshape western Queens.
Big Tech can succeed here, but only if its presence benefits all New Yorkers.
‘As a city and state, we need to be cognizant that losing corporate tax credits would affect many of the things that make New York City what it is. Most important, it would directly impact the New Yorkers who live and work here. ‘
Jumaane Williams has had to articulate how he would manage a citywide office with potentially sweeping focused but fairly limited resources.