I am glad I gave Dispatcher William Aiello a good laugh, too bad he missed the point (“Defending Howard” – January 3).
Not all residents of Howard Beach are violent bigots, just as not all residents of Long Island City visit brothels and make drug deals. Stereotyping and profiling are offensive no matter who is targeted.
Yes, we had and continue to have problems, especially in the Queens Plaza and Queensborough Plaza area. Places like Times Square and Port Authority were equally seedy until money was spent to clean them up.
Why haven’t Queens Plaza and Queensboro Plaza, both situated in the no-man’s land entrance to the Queensboro Bridge, gotten similar attention? Instead, the solutions for Long Island City involve tearing things down and forcing out the hardworking people who live here.
As for the Seth Bornstein’s op-ed piece, to which Mr. Aiello refers, it is not surprising that the head of the Queens Economic Development Corporation supports the Amazon invasion. That’s his job.
I am, however, surprised that he is not as incensed as we are that organizations such as his were excluded from the negotiations, as were the people directly affected.
Mr. Bornstein admits that the Citicorp move did not bring about the expected benefits. There are, similarly, no guarantees that Amazon will not also fall short.
The tax credits given to Amazon are based on an average salary of $150,000, which will likely include a large number of minimum wage jobs and a few high-paying jobs. The median salary would be a more useful number. Unfortunately, we haven’t been told that number.
Finally, Goggle, Facebook, Twitter and other high-profile companies employ many people in New York City. They moved here without cloak-and-dagger negotiations, without major tax incentives, without a helipad, and without sacrificing the people who call New York City home.
Long Island City