Mayor Michael Bloomberg took swipes at his two fellow citywide elected officials earlier today on two unrelated points of criticism they’ve leveled against his administration, and in subsequent statements, both of them swatted back.
“This is a new level of intellectual dishonesty that we haven’t even seen before,” Mr. Bloomberg said this morning of Comptroller John Liu’s critical report on his administrations revamp of the 911 response system. “This is a contract that was registered with the comptroller’s office and finished under the budget approved by his office, and we disallowed a lot of things, and now he’s out there screaming.”
“It’s pretty hard to answer something as stupid as his charge,” Mr. Bloomberg said as well.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio doesn’t only oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Taxi and Limousine Commission David Yassky’s choice of Nissan for the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” but he also thinks Mr. Bloomberg’s efforts to expand the fleet and allow outer borough street hails were illegal to begin with. And, at a press conference today, he announced he’s filed an amicus with a lawsuit against the new taxi initiatives.
“The actions of the mayor and of Chair Yassky have undermined the city’s relationship with Albany and have set a very negative precedence for the future of that relationship,” Mr. de Blasio explained. “If we let this legislation by the mayor stand, what it means is that we’re making that dependency on Albany even worse. This lawsuit simply says we have to stop the implementation of the legislation in Albany because this process failed to include the City Council.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a rare public appearance in Brooklyn today and afterwards was bombarded by reporters about the status of a Mayor Bloomberg backed bill that would permit livery cars to make outer borough curbside pick-ups.
“The taxi bill is a very complicated bill that we have been working on for months to try to negotiate,” Gov. Cuomo. “There are a number of parties that are involved–the yellow cabs, what they call the black cars, the livery cabs, the radio base operators and we’ve been trying for months to try to forge a consensus among these groups. The concept behind I think it is right and is bonafide. We want to get more taxi service to the outer boroughs.It would also generate revenue for the city which is very important. But we want to do it in a way that respects everybody’s rights.”