Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Bloomberg Defends Outer-Borough Taxi Plan
Friday, September 23, 2011
Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to defend his proposal to allow taxi street hails in outer-boroughs and the sale of additional medallions — even as the legislation remains unsigned by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
During his weekly appearance on WOR, Bloomberg made another pitch, saying that selling more medallions would bring in $1 billion for the city at no cost to taxpayers.
"Given the deficits we're facing, given what's happening in the stock markets and, you know, that translates into business, we desperately need the revenue, and here's $1 dollars with no pain," the mayor said.
The governor still hasn't taken a position on whether to sign the bill.
Some cab owners claim the plan will destroy the value of the medallions. Bloomberg said the city's job is not to protect medallions, but to provide better service to residents of areas where yellow cabs don't ordinarily go.