“I haven’t read a good John Grisham novel in a while, so it fills that void,” said Taxi and Limousine commissioner David Yassky this morning, of medallion owners' latest effort to challenge his oversight of the industry in court.(3)
Apart from those who proposed it, designed it, and made it, nearly everyone who testified at a Thursday hearing on the Taxi of Tomorrow had only bad things to say about it.
Taxi drivers scored multiple victories on Thursday, winning a fare hike, and tighter regulation of a sector that has been until now the Wild West of the taxi industry.(3)
With a deadline looming for Governor Andrew Cuomo either to sign or kill the mayor's outer-borough taxi plan, the governor held not one, but two meetings all about taxis in his second-floor offices at the Capitol yesterday afternoon.
The first was the much-remarked "taxi summit," essentially a reprise of the one the governor’s staff hosted at his New York City offices in November. The only differences this time around were that it was slightly smaller, and that the governor himself, rather than one of his aides, led the meeting.(1)
It may be illegal, but everyone does it: Hailing black livery cars on the street. Everyone, that is, who lives in a part of New York that is not Manhattan or one of the more gentrified precincts of Brooklyn.
While yellow cabs course through Manhattan streets and wait for passengers at airport terminals, the black cars predominate elsewhere, gliding slowly down outer-borough thoroughfares scouting for fares, honking hopefully at would-be passengers, and queuing at locations where they know there will be demand that isn't met by taxis.(3)