By: Dean Weiner
Amazon has typically been a cheap and convenient way to shop for New Yorkers, but if a State politician has their way, we will see a new fee imposed. The New York Post has the exclusive report from Albany A new bill introduced by a Brooklyn state lawmaker would impose a 25 cent tax on all products purchased online with Amazon and other e-tailers in New York City.
State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Brooklyn) said in a memo accompanying his legislation that the proceeds earmarked for infrastructure improvements such as repairing the beleaguered Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
“By imposing a negligible 25 cent surcharge on the online delivery packages responsible for the diesel-powered, heavy-duty vehicles polluting our air, imperiling our bicyclists and pedestrians, clogging our roadways, and by crushing our highways, bridges, and cantilevers, we can begin to truly invest in alternative modes of freight transportation while securing needed repairs for the BQE”, Gounardes said in a statement to The New York Post.
The senator’s 25 cent tax would only apply to online sales in New York City, not other parts of the state. The surcharge would also be listed separately on the customer’s bill, so New Yorkers know it is being charged by the state, not by Amazon or other retailers.
According to Gounardes, more than 2.3 million packages ordered online are delivered to city customers each day, up from 1.8 million pre-pandemic. He also complained about the so-called “last-mile” warehouses that Amazon and other delivery companies have built in the city that are much larger than traditional warehouses and use “significantly higher volume of trucks, which are bigger in size and thus more polluting.”
“Albany Democrats formula to governing our state is: ‘let’s tax everything and everywhere.’ Delivery services are used by most New Yorkers for things we count on, and during the height of the pandemic they were often the only means many of us had for purchasing goods,” Senate Republican Minority Leader Robert Ortt said in a statement decrying the proposed tax.
“The proposed delivery tax not only serves as the latest demonstration of how dense and unimaginative Democrats are, but it’s also harmful. It adds an additional financial strain on everyday New Yorkers who are already leaving for places like Florida because they have no confidence in the way our state is being led and the people who are supposedly leading it.”