1:50 pm May. 2, 2012
Shortly after comptroller John Liu said this afternoon that he would reject the city's Taxi of Tomorrow contract as it's now written, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio sent out a reminder that he didn't like the Taxi of Tomorrow first.
Both men, apparently, are planning to run for mayor in 2013.
“The Taxi of Tomorrow competition was an exercise in missed opportunities," de Blasio said, in an emailed statement. "This is a raw deal for New York City, and it’s high time we demand more from the companies we subsidize. Taxpayers have been asked to foot the billion-dollar bill for an inaccessible vehicle with no promise of new local jobs—all for a company that does business in Iran. I commend Comptroller Liu for pledging to block Nissan’s contract if these vehicles are not made accessible to all New Yorkers, and urge the Bloomberg Administration to use this opportunity to secure a better Taxi of Tomorrow for New York City.”
While Liu opposes the Nissan contract on handicapped-accessibility grounds, de Blasio objects on the grounds of Nissan's business dealings in Iran.
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