Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade
A judge yesterday declared Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Taxi of Tomorrow project "void," casting yet more doubt on his ability to achieve an overhaul of the city's taxi fleet by year's end, when his term expires.
“We’re gonna have all of our cabs be hybrid.”
So said Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show in 2007, as they stood in front of a hybrid yellow cab donated by Yahoo! and emblazoned with its logo.
The mayor gestured toward a thin man in glasses to his left: “This is city councilman David Yassky, who has been leading the environmental fight here in the city.”
Today, Yassky is Bloomberg’s taxi commissioner. And 2012, the year by which the taxi’s fleet was to go hybrid, has come, and is now nearly gone.
In the meantime, not only has the city’s powerful taxi lobby defeated the mayor’s plan in federal court, but the city is now taking steps that will actually reduce the number of hybrids on city streets.
This morning Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is running for mayor, will call upon the plaintiffs challenging the mayor's borough taxi plan to withdraw their suit, which threatens to blow a $1 billion hole in the city budget. The plaintiffs, in turn, are backed by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who is also running for mayor.
Friday evening, a judge dealt a potentially fatal blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "borough taxi" plan.
On Tuesday, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg was asked about Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joining a lawsuit challenging his ambitious plan to bring taxi service to the outer boroughs, he said, "I just can't keep up with all the suits."
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has filed an amicus brief in which he argues that Michael Bloomberg, by neglecting to attain City Council approval for his ambitious borough taxi plan, "strips the City Council of one of its charter mandated powers and redistributes that power to the Mayor.”
This week, the mayor's ambitious plan to recreate New York City's taxi fleet got hit by another lawsuit, yet made progress toward becoming a reality.
First, New York City Comptroller John Liu finally gave the go-ahead to a taxi dispatch contract that's central to getting the city's new taxi system off the ground. Second, the Taxi and Limousine Commission board approved the rules that will govern a new class of "borough taxis" to service New York City neighborhoods that are generally underserved by yellow cabs.