‘Amazon isn’t bigger than New York’: meet the man who killed the deal

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Michael Gianaris turned his outrage into leverage when he was appointed to an obscure state board – and soon after, the company called the project off

  • Erin Durkin
  • The Guardian

Αmazon made plenty of enemies with its plans for a new headquarters in New York, but one of those foes played an outsized role in sending the tech giant packing.

The man who stared down Amazon is state senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat who represents Long Island City, the Queens neighborhood where the company set its sights.

Gianaris came out in opposition to a deal that proposed $3bn in subsidies and…

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