Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz are praising an announcement by online retailer Amazon that it would expand same-day delivery service to The Bronx. The announcement comes following criticism from both officials regarding the borough’s previous exclusion from these services.
Last week, it was revealed that Amazon was providing same-day delivery services to nearly the entirety of New York City except for The Bronx. Following the news, Borough President Diaz issued a letter to Amazon Founder & CEO demanding an end to his borough’s exclusion from these services. In a separate letter, Assembly Member Dinowitz urged New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate Amazon’s inequitable business practices.
In letters to both elected officials issued late Friday, Amazon stated that they would reverse this practice of excluding The Bronx, adding that the company was “actively working to enable service to the Bronx in the coming weeks.”
“The over 1.4 million residents of The Bronx deserve the same level of service and amenities as their neighbors. Amazon’s reversal of their previous policy, which excluded my borough from the same-day delivery services offered to the rest of the city, is a welcome one. I appreciate that Amazon heard our concerns and have made this change, and will provide The Bronx with service equity in the coming weeks. I will continue to hold businesses and entities of all kinds accountable when they slight my constituents,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
“I am very grateful that Amazon has listened to our concerns regarding the exclusion of The Bronx from their Prime same-day delivery service,” said Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz. “I am pleased they will be working to expand access to their services to a borough that has seen one of the fastest economic expansions in several decades – The Bronx. Providing equal services to all New Yorkers, including the 1.4 million Bronxites and countless of businesses that call our borough home is not just good for The Bronx, but Amazon as well. Moreover, I am hopeful that this decision means Amazon will take a second look at the several other cities with excluded neighborhoods.”
Amazon’s letter to the elected officials can be read at http://on.nyc.gov/1WAptO2.