Tracie Hunte, Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Tracie Hunte is an Assistant Producer in the WNYC Newsroom.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dismissing reports that City Comptroller John Liu will not sign off on the new generation of taxis.
The New York Times reports that Liu is expected not to give his blessing to the city's contract with Nissan because the new model is not wheelchair accessible.
But speaking on his WOR-AM radio show Friday, Bloomberg says he doesn't need Liu to move forward:
"It isn't worth spending a lot of time trying to decipher why some of these things are done," Bloomberg said. "It doesn't make a lot of sense and in fact it doesn't matter. We can go ahead and do it, which we will."
As city comptroller, Liu must register all city contracts, but the mayor can override a refusal to do so.
Currently less than 2 percent of the city's fleet of 13,000 taxis are accessible.