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Despite Cuomo's Suggestion That Taxi Talks Failed, Bloomberg Still Optimistic

Friday, December 09, 2011 - 10:24 AM

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (photo NYC Mayor's Office)

(New York, NY -- Kathleen Horan, WNYC) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday he remains optimistic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign a bill that would put $1 billion in the city's coffers and allow street hails of some livery cabs in residential areas.

Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR Radio appearance Friday that he'd spoken to Cuomo the day before. He didn't disclose the details.

Cuomo said Wednesday that talks had failed to resolve significant issues with the bill. He said that without agreement, he'd veto it and wait for it to be brought up again next year.

The plan to allow a new class of livery car to accept street hails in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs was at the center of Bloomberg's legislative agenda this year.

The bill passed the state legislature last summer and is finally expected to be sent to Cuomo on Friday to sign. He said Wednesday he will veto it because a myriad of issues  remained unresolved, including ensuring more wheelchair accessibility into the plan.

"I’ve said from day one, if we don't have a resolution of these issues I'm going to veto the bill because you don't have an agreement. We have been trying we've had numerous meeting over the past few weeks but we failed to reach resolution.”

The bill has faced passionate opposition from yellow taxi fleet owners, some in the livery industry and advocates for the disabled.

When Bloomberg was asked by reporters on Thursday if the bill was going to die, he appeared to be holding out hope for his plan, which he has said will increase taxi options beyond Manhattan.

“Many times the governor has assured me this would pass with some minor changes," he said. "We’ve worked on it with the governor’s staff, the state senate staff, the state assembly staff for months now.”

Cuomo has 10 days to decide whether to sign the bill or veto.

He has said that if he vetos the legislation it could be reintroduced early next year.

 

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Comments [3]

TAXI DRIVER

Street hails are not necesary these days, a car service can be request through-out the 5 boroughs by phone, mobile apps, or through there respective websites.
At the convenience of any location, be it home, job, lobby, club, etc; a car service can be requested without the need to be hailing a cab on the street in bad weather.
Now if the riding public can't make a simple call or use a mobile app to request a car service, then we are all doomed.

Dec. 09 2011 08:13 PM
TAXI DRIVER

I’m a taxi driver, this is a bad idea and should not be passed into law; this will only cause job loses for dispatcher, unneccesary roaming of drivers, and pollution. Cabs and car services are already pretty cheap, even though there is such high overhead costs of insurance, fuel, leases, licensing, and government regulations. Most of the riding public doesn’t take those issues into account, and they don’t really care. They just want a cheap ride close to nothing. The taxi industry is not sustainable at the prices the general public would like it to be.

Dec. 09 2011 08:11 PM
James

New York City Taxi Drivers are the best! Check out Fare Play!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxZSPCRtoNQ

Dec. 09 2011 12:27 PM

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