Ouch! Group of UWS residents fork over $100k to place anti-de Blasio billboards in Iowa

David Caplan
July 31, 2019 - 4:20 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS)  -- A group of West Side residents says Mayor Bill de Blasio has ignored their concerns about plans for a homeless shelter on their block, so they're taking the fight to Iowa, where the mayor-turned-Democratic presidential candidate is campaigning.

"So to get the mayors attention, what we are doing is we are going on a massive campaign in the state of Iowa to put up billboards basically telling the mayor, 'hey mayor - New York City needs you," Michael Fisher, a member of a group called the West 58th Coalition, told 1010 WINS Wednesday.

The coalition has anted up $100,000 to place ten billboards throughout the state, the group said in a press release. The first billboard will go up in Cedar Rapids Thursday. 

"Hey, Bill de Blasio! It's New York...Remember us?" screams the billboard, adding, "What are you doing in Iowa? Come back to New York and meet with us!" The billboard is signed, "From the residents on Billionaire Row."

The residents are fuming over plans for the shelter. "He wants that building there," Fisher told 1010 WINS. "He doesn't care that it's unsafe. He doesn't care that it's another Harlem fire or a potential building."

Fisher said de Blasio has refused to meet with the group about the shelter, which is the old Park Savoy Hotel.

But Freddi Goldstein, the mayor’s press secretary, said City Hall had no record of a formal request from Fisher for a sit-down,  reports The New York Post, adding it produced a March email to a mayoral staffer asking for just such a meeting.

Libby Cohen contributed to this report 


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