Liu and Bloomberg and the ‘taxi of tomorrow’
City Comptroller John Liu is reportedly going to move to block the city's "Taxi of Tomorrow" contract.
The new taxi is a central part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to reshape the city's taxi fleet. He had wanted them to be more environmentally friendly, but ran into legal hurdles when he tried to mandate that. Advocates for disabled passengers have complained about the lack of accessibility in the new taxis, but Bloomberg and City Hall officials downplayed those concerns.
The move by Liu will undoubtedly be met with a sharp response from Bloomberg, who has previously said that the comptroller can't block the taxi contract.
"To just say that automatically, by having a Democratic majority we're going to get these things done, is absolute nonsense." —Jeff Klein
A front-page editorial demands federal aid for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. [Daily News]
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking information from nonprofit groups that acted like "super PACs," like "the American Action Network, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation and Crossroads GPS, the last a project of Republican strategist Karl Rove." [Jimmy Vielkind]
New York City Comptroller John Liu will block the "Taxi of Tomorrow" deal. [David Seifman]
"What started out as an emergency evacuation has become a semipermanent state of dislocation." [David Chen]
A Democrat who becomes mayor could influence the selection of the next Council speaker. [Michael Howard Saul]
"Obama's Sandy czar warns of more devastation in the absence of federal relief." [Dana Rubinstein]
Former president Bill Clinton vaguely disputes a Times story about Hillary Clinton. [Reid Pillifant]
The UFCW Local 1500, which backed Bloomberg in 2009, is endorsing Quinn for 2013. [Azi Paybarah]
Comedian Colin Quinn joked that Cuomo looked like a "psychopath" when he ranted about the utilities. [Azi Paybarah]
Retiring New York Post editorial page editor Bob McManus said he's happy to have made some impact in liberal New York. [Joe Pompeo]
10 a.m. City and state Board of Elections officials are expected to testify at an Assembly hearing on possible changes to in-person voting procedures in the Assembly Hearing Room 1923, at 250 Broadway, in Manhattan.
10:45 a.m. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio speaks to the New York City Employment and Training Coalition Summit about The Future of Workforce Development, at St. Francis College, at 180 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn.
11:15 a.m. Former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson speaks to the New York City Employment and Training Coalition Summit about The Future of Workforce Development, at St. Francis College, at 180 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn.
11:15 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo, elected officials, labor and business leaders discuss need for federal aid for Hurricane Sandy relief, at Cuomo's office, at 633 3rd Avenue, in Manhattan.
11:15 a.m. New York City Comptroller John Liu will discuss the "Taxi of Tomorrow" contract, in Room 1117 of the Municipal Building, at 1 Centre Street, in Manhattan.
Noon. Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Community Board 1 Chairwoman Catherine Mc Vay Hughes discuss the proliferation of emergency generators in the financial district, at 1 New York Plaza, on Water Street between Whitehall and Broad Streets, in Manhattan. Noon. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott walks to a post office with high school seniors to mail their college applications, at 511 West 182nd Street, in Manhattan.
2:30 p.m. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks to the New York City Employment and Training Coalition Summit about The Future of Workforce Development, at St. Francis College, at 180 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn.
3 p.m. New York City Comptroller John Liu speaks to the New York City Employment and Training Coalition Summit about The Future of Workforce Development, at St. Francis College, at 180 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn.
On "Inside City Hall" tonight: Sara Horowitz, author of "The Freelancer's Bible," and the reporters roundtable.
Former New York City comptroller Bill Thompson is the frontrunner, a local columnist argues. [Anthony Stasi]
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: "Mike Bloomberg and I have an outstanding working relationship." [David Chen]
UFCW Local 1500's endorsement of Quinn came about largely because she blocked the WalMart deal in Brooklyn, one editorial page laments. [New York Post]
Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis: "I'm not worried about the nomination," and if there is a primary, people will "look at the issues better." [NY1]
Republican mayoral candidate Tom Allon is talking more about selling naming rights to subsidize the M.T.A. [Peter Mastrosimone]
Joe Lhota's prospects could be hobbled because of a proposed $2 toll hike on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island, a home to many Republican voters. "That issue will draw blood," said "GOP powerbroker Guy Molinari, a Lhota fan."[Tom Wrobleski]
An M.T.A. memo says Staten Island residents who use E-Z pass more than three times a month on the bridge will face a smaller toll hike than other drivers. [Jennifer Fermino]
Liu's move to block the "Taxi of Tomorrow" contract will be praised by advocates for disabled people. [Ray Rivera and Matt Flegenheimer]
City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin will announce her candidacy for Manhattan borough president today. [Jill Colvin]
Revenge? Former Mayor Ed Koch endorsed Melinda Katz for Queens borough president one day before Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. got into the race. Vallone was a vocal critic of renaming a bridge after Koch. [Peter Mastrosimone]
You could argue Bloomberg got elected because of the "cheaters" in the Independence Party. [Daily News]
Prosecutors want former councilman Larry Seabrook to pay back $1.1 million to the public. [Bruce Golding]
"City officials are refusing to give extra help to storm-battered New Yorkers who need food stamps, saying they’re trying to show Washington that they’re responsible with federal funds." [Erin Durkin]
Now, Bloomberg will sign the pedicab legislation. [Erin Durkin]
The bill's sponsor, Councilman Dan Garodnick, said it was an "easy call." [Sally Goldenberg]
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the 501(c)4 loophole is used by people who want to avoid disclosure. [Susan Arbetter]
Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein said he's not interested in the perks of leadership, but rather, moving "a Democratic agenda in a bipartisan fashion." [NY1]
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson said she think she can bring the Democratic defectors back into the Democratic conference. [Erik Kriss]
Hypothetical ad: "this guy is Satan." NYPIRG's Bill Mahoney: "That would not count as a campaign ad under the current law…" [Susan Arbetter]
Three out of the four Republican state senators who voted to legalize gay marriage in 2011 won't be in office next year. [AP]
The only one returning is Mark Grisanti. [Tom Precious]
Headline: "Oswego County redistricting plan still in limbo." [Debra Groom]
What happened to Cory Booker's base in Newark? [Kate Zernike]
President Obama and John Boehner met at the White House yesterday, with little progress on a fiscal cliff deal. [Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane]
Susan Rice says she withdrew her name from consideration for secretary of state to avoid a confirmation process that would be "very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive." [Tracy Connor]
David Axelrod says Hillary Clinton is "first among equals" for the Democratic nomination. [Alex Roarty and Niraj Chokshi]
The publisher of Inside Chappaqua traveled with Clinton on an 11-day, 10-country trip this summer. [Alex Weisler]
Some Jewish leaders are criticizing the possibility that Chuck Hagel might be named secretary of defense. [Zeke Miller]