Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio Announce Community Advisory Committee to Guide Amazon Headquarters Project

Community Stakeholders to Help Shape Plans for Amazon's HQ and Long Island City; Subcommittees Will Focus on Project Plan, Neighborhood Infrastructure and Workforce Development

December 11, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the formation of a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to share information and solicit ongoing community input about Amazon's planned headquarters project in Long Island City, Queens. Members of the CAC will work through three subcommittees to develop plans for the headquarters and onsite public amenities, investments in neighborhood infrastructure to benefit the surrounding communities, and training and hiring programs to ensure that homegrown talent fills the 25,000 to 40,000 new jobs at the headquarters. 

The CAC is comprised of community and citywide stakeholders recommended by local elected officials. Past CACs have significantly shaped development projects led by Empire State Development (ESD) helping ensure that community priorities and needs are considered throughout the process.

"Amazon's new headquarters in Long Island City is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our economy and community input will be a critical part of the development process," Governor Cuomo said. "We look forward to working with local elected officials, community organizations and residents to ensure their voices are heard as we work to create tens of thousands of well-paying jobs, generate billions in revenue that will be reinvested in the region, strengthen our infrastructure, and expand opportunity for New Yorkers."

Mayor de Blasio said, "Amazon's new headquarters will bring more than 25,000 jobs benefitting all New Yorkers from NYCHA residents to CUNY students. The Community Advisory Committee will bring together stakeholders of all backgrounds to help shape this important plan. Robust community engagement is critical to ensuring that the investments and resources generated from this project serve the needs of everyone in Long Island City and beyond."

Read the full press release here.