Incoming Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris in a statement on Wednesday praised the New York City Council for holding a public hearing on the decision by Amazon to build a campus in Long Island City as the state provides billions of dollars in tax incentives in exchange for jobs.

“That is why I authored legislation to prohibit the use of secrecy agreements like the one imposed on the state and city by Amazon,” Gianaris said in a statement. “That is why I am taking on insider dealing in the real estate industry. The more we learn about this deal, the worse it gets, and I expect to come forward with even more proposals to prevent something like this from ever happening again.”

The agreement will provide for $3 billion in tax incentives for Amazon tied to the creation of up to 25,000 jobs at a site in Queens.

“Three billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies for a wealthy corporation like Amazon is offensive,” Gianaris.

“I am working with my colleagues in government and allies in the community to oppose this deal, especially at a time when there are real needs across New York. Affordable housing is sorely lacking, the subway is in crisis, our schools are overcrowded and we haven’t summoned the political will to fund these critical priorities, yet our governments bend over backward to provide billions in benefits for the one corporation that needs it the least. New Yorkers expect more and we demand better.”

A majority of voters in New York City approve of Amazon locating an office in Long Island City in Queens, but are split over the $3 billion in tax incentives, a Quinnipiac poll released last week found.