Governor Andrew Cuomo just sent out this statement on tax legislation negotiations that have been in limbo for weeks now. The deadline for the legislation to be passed before becoming nullified is quickly approaching. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the livery car industry have been pressing Cuomo to pass the legislation, while opponents from the disabled advocates community as well as medallion owners have been pushing for a veto:
Tomorrow, the Governor's office will be convening a summit of the stakeholders involved in the taxi legislation negotiations in order to resolve the outstanding issues. Among the outstanding issues are handicap accessibility of livery cabs, the transferability of and market for livery permits, livery and yellow cab pickups at airports, lack of financial incentives to purchase handicap accessible licenses, and concerns regarding the effectiveness of Taxi and Limousine Commission enforcement. As we have said all along, we are working very hard to reach consensus with the stakeholders in order to address taxi access issues in the five boroughs. The meter is running and this is the last chance to get a deal done before the end of the year. The issues are not primarily governmental ones among the Governor, the state legislature and the City. There are, however, remaining issues among the various stakeholders, business and advocacy groups whose interests must be reconciled.