A tipster sent The Politicker this photo of a campaign billboard for state senator and congressional hopeful Adriano Espaillat that features his face looming large over the University Heights Bridge on West 207th in Inwood.
We also obtained a bilingual mailer volunteers for Mr. Espaillat have been distributing in Washington Heights. Interestingly, Mr. Espaillat’s mailers portray his candidacy as a battle against “Tea Party Republicans,” the same strategy employed by his main opponent in the 13th district race, incumbent Congressman Charlie Rangel.
“Adriano Espaillat, bringing back the energy we need to fight Tea Party Republicans!” the mailer says.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn went on the offensive against an offensive billboard in her district. Yesterday, Ms. Quinn sent a letter to Richard Schaps, Chairman and CEO of outdoor advertising company Van Wagner Communications, about a billboard for Wodka Vodka on 27th Street featuring the slogan, “Escort Quality. Hooker Pricing.”
“This billboard has both an offensive and an inappropriate message to all residents of Chelsea. Not only should you remove this billboard from my district, you should end this campaign and remove these ads citywide,” Ms. Quinn wrote. “It is an outrageous misjudgment that you have allowed the display of such an offensive ad.”