News Councilman Van Bramer says Long Island City restaurateur sent 'threat' over Amazon opposition The "disgusting" message represented "several threats rolled into one," the councilman said. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tears up a mailer he received from Amazon touting its once-planned Long Island City headquarters at a rally on the steps of City Hall in January. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert By Lauren Cook firstname.lastname@example.org @L_Cook865 Updated March 1, 2019 5:16 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The owner of a barbecue restaurant in Long Island City may have gotten himself into some hot water after apparently sending a hostile text message to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer over the failed Amazon HQ2 deal. Van Bramer, a vocal opponent of Amazon’s plan to build a headquarters in his district along the Queens waterfront, tweeted a screenshot on Friday of a text message purportedly from Josh Bowen that demands the councilman call an Amazon executive and apologize. “You can be at the back of the parade or in front of the firing squad. If they come back, ya’ll may get elected dog catcher,” the message reads. “If they don’t you’re in the history books. Call now and I can stop the growing forces that will end councilman VanJobkillers career.” Note: The following tweet contains profanity. Josh Bowen, who recently went to Seattle to meet with Amazon sent this text today. It is several threats rolled into one. Demanding an elected official make a call to Amazon by a certain time - or else. This is disgusting. did others get this too? I don’t respond to threats. pic.twitter.com/Txtf53aaiN— Jimmy Van Bramer (@JimmyVanBramer) March 1, 2019 The "disgusting" message represented "several threats rolled into one," Van Bramer wrote. "Demanding an elected official make a call to Amazon by a certain time - or else... I don’t respond to threats." Bowen, who owns John Brown Smokehouse, appears to have confirmed he sent the message to Van Bramer on the restaurant’s Twitter account. John Brown Smokehouse retweeted Van Bramer’s screenshot, adding: “Yep, I told MY councilman to call on behalf of the MAJORITY of his constituents and you get the @JimmyVanBramer scum bag treatment. No surprise here. Have fun running for dog catcher.” The incident has been reported to the NYPD for further investigation, according to a source. The NYPD did not immediately return a request for confirmation that a complaint had been received. Bowen has been among some of the most vocal proponents of Amazon since the deal that Amazon says would have eventually brought 25,000 high-paying jobs to the area has soured. He recently traveled to Seattle to meet with Amazon executives in an attempt to woo the retail giant back to his neighborhood. He also was among the dozens of politicians and community stakeholders who signed an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider his decision. My text to Jimmy was an attempt to get us all in the same boat and try to get Amazon back. I think Jimmy is a dirt bag and did not want to contact him at all but I thought it would be best to try to unite us all. My wording may have been overly harsh but this guy sold us out.— John Brown Smokehouse (@JohnBrownSmoke) March 1, 2019 In another tweet on Friday, Bowen appeared to have softened his tone a bit, admitting that he may have been “overly harsh” in his wording but adding that Van Bramer “sold us out.” “If anyone perceived it as a threat of violence, that’s absurd. If you perceived it as his career is over if he doesn’t do what his constituents want, I will take that criticism. Jimmy being a victim is all he’s got at this point,” a subsequent tweet reads. A request for comment directly from Bowen was not immediately returned. By Lauren Cook email@example.com @L_Cook865 Lauren joined amNY.com as a news editor in 2016. Previously, she worked as a web producer at CBS New York and News 12. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic An open letter to Jeff Bezos; signed, NY officialsDozens of political, union and business leaders plead their case for why they -- and NYers -- want Amazon to reconsider its decision to abandon plans for a Long Island City HQ2. The rise and fall of Amazon's LIC HQ2Amazon said the backlash and lack of support from local officials forced the company to pull out of the deal. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.