The landowners at Willets Point seem to have been inspired by John McCain's flurry of negative ads. The main group of owners, seeking to resist a Bloomberg administration redevelopment proposal that's before the City Council this month, just launched a TV ad that smears the Bloomberg plan, complete with deep-voiced narrator.
"It's a crisis," the ad says. "School cuts—$180 million; police cuts—nearly $100 million; tax cuts on the way. Incredibly, there's a plan to spend $1 billion on a land grab at Willets Point."
The group, the Willets Point Industry and Realty Association, says it will run on "local cable television." A WPIRA spokeswoman did not provide the cost of the ad purchase, but said it was a "solid buy that will get people's attention." read more »