Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
After reports surfaced that the outer borough taxi hail bill wouldn't be part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's broad economic stimulus bill, it appears the Bloomberg folks are ramping up their efforts to get it passed. Remember: the city is depending on $1 billion in revenue from the passage of the bill for its own budget gap closure. Courtesy of Bloomberg's Director of State Legislative Affairs Micah Lasher:
Over the last six months, the Governor has repeatedly expressed support for the goals of the legislation and also said he wanted to make certain changes in the form of a chapter amendment. He and his staff were finalizing an amendment this morning, but it was never sent to the Legislature. While the Mayor, along with legislative leaders, was prepared to support that amendment, it is not necessary to achieve the goals of the legislation.