The West 58th Coalition, a group of residents on Billionaires’ Row in Manhattan, put up a billboard in downtown Cedar Rapids last week calling out Mayor Bill de Blasio for ignoring his constituents back home.
It’s the first of ten billboards critical of de Blasio that the group plans to put up across the Hawkeye State.
The coalition is upset with the de Blasio administration for refusing to meet with them over plans to convert the Park Savoy Hotel on 58th Street into a homeless shelter. The group says it has been trying to score face time with the mayor since the 150-bed men’s shelter was announced in January of 2018.
“This isn’t about a shelter opening up on 58th Street, this is about a more serious matter,” coalition member Michael Fisher said on Fox News recently. “This about a matter where the city contracts the opening of these shelters to outside agencies, who then contract slumlords who own these buildings, and these buildings are fire traps.”
According to Fisher, the group has a budget of $150,000, or at a cost of $1,500 a month, enough money to keep all ten billboards up for six months. Which given the way the de Blasio campaign has been floundering, means the billboards might be up longer than the mayor’s Quixotic run for the White House.
As for our fair state’s governor, a new Siena College poll shows that New York voters say that Andrew Cuomo has made the state a better place to live over the last nine years by a 51-39 percent margin.
Weirdly, his favorability rating fell to a negative 43-50 percent, matching his lowest ever. In the college’s last poll, Cuomo was coming out on top with a 52-42 percent favorability rating. That’s quite the drop.
Likewise, 64 percent of voters gave him a negative job performance rating, compared to just 34 percent who gave him a favorable one. That’s his lowest rating ever.
Given the divergent results, we don’t think this is so much a referendum on the job Cuomo is doing, so much as it points out just how unreliable these polls can be.
The counting woes
The race for Queens district attorney still hasn’t technically been decided as a recount continues.
Actually, the manual recount is technically over, with the Board of Elections certifying Borough President Melinda Katz as the victor by a razor-thin margin.
But lawyers for Tiffany Caban continue to challenge the results in court, pushing a judge to allow some ballots that were invalidated to be counted.
And it’s really starting to irk Katz supporters! The day before the sides were due back in court, Katz campaign advisor Matthew Rey issued the following statement:
“Tiffany Caban’s efforts are making a mockery of our election system. Melinda Katz has been certified as the Democratic nominee for District Attorney, and it is time to move on and unify around her efforts to reform the criminal justice system in Queens.”
It seems unlikely at this point that Caban is going to come out on top, but she is determined to see this through to the very end.