Bill de Blasio Sets Up Another Fight With Albany

Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio together in Albany last Sunday. (Cropped photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio together in Albany last Sunday. (Cropped photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Add another item to Bill de Blasio’s Albany wish list.

The mayor this afternoon unveiled an extensive plan to minimize pedestrian traffic fatalities, the most ambitious of which would reduce the default speed on unmarked streets to 25 miles per hour, from the current 30. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Sets Up Another Fight With Albany”

Thompson Accuses Weiner of Being Swayed By Taxi Cash

Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner chatting at the forum.
Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner chatting at a forum.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson is ramping up his attacks on mayoral rival Anthony Weiner after new fund-raising data revealed Mr. Weiner has been raking in cash from the taxi industry.

Mr. Thompson’s chief strategist Jonathan Price, fired off a missive earlier today accusing the former congressman of coming out against the city’s new outer-borough taxis as a result of the thousands he’s been collecting from drivers and dispatchers, who are largely opposed to the plan.

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Mayor Bloomberg Wants the Law to Stop Interfering With His Plans

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg railed against the court system Friday, blaming lawsuits for railroading his agenda in his final term.

“We’ve got to do something about our court system. Because they just stop everything,” Mr. Bloomberg lamented during his weekly radio interview Friday morning with WOR’s John Gambling.

Mr. Gambling chimed in in agreement: “Everything gets stopped–everything the city does.”

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Mayor Bloomberg Unveils New Lime Green Taxi Cabs

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Mayor Bloomberg and the new "Apple Green" Boro taxi. (Photo: Kristen Artz/NYC Mayor's Office)

“Apple Green” taxis will soon be traveling the streets of the outerboroughs and Upper Manhattan that have long been ngelected by yellow cabs. Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the bright new “Boro taxis” at a press conference at City Hall this morning accompanied by Taxi and Limousine Commission Chairman and Commissioner David Yassky who described the new color scheme as “pleasing to the eye.”

“Apple Green is very fitting for the new Boro Taxis,” Mr. Yassky said. “It’s pleasing to the eye, easy to see from a distance and blends well with the urban landscape. Just as the yellow taxi and the black car were once new services that became a trusted part of their users’ lives, the Boro Taxi, too, will take its long-awaited place as a part of the city’s comprehensive transportation network.” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Unveils New Lime Green Taxi Cabs”

Bill de Blasio vs. Nissan [Video]

2012 04 04 12 05 26 49 Bill de Blasio vs. Nissan [Video]Public Advocate Bill de Blasio continued his aggressive campaign to get Nissan to cease selling vehicles to Iran this afternoon.

Although Mr. de Blasio’s office is asking many car companies to boycott Iran, he is focused on Nissan specifically because of the company’s new taxi contract with the city. Indeed, today’s event was in front of the Jacob Javits Center where Nissan will soon be touting its “Taxi of Tomorrow” car.

“Our Mayor was celebrating with Nissan last night, and today Nissan is in Iran selling its products … through companies associated with the Iranian military and helping to prop up the Iranian regime no matter how bad its activities,” Mr. de Blasio said.

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Bill de Blasio Blasts Nissan’s Iranian Connection

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Bill de Blasio (Photo: Facebook)

Now that the city has given Nissan a $1 billion contract to manufacture New York’s “Taxi of Tomorrow,” public advocate and likely 2013 mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has launched an offensive against the automaker for doing business with Iran. Mr. de Blasio sent out a statement and a string of Tweets today demanding the car company stop selling its wares to the Iranian regime.

“You cannot do business with the people of New York City with one hand, and prop up the dangerous regime in Tehran with the other,” Mr. de Blasio said in his statement. “For our billion dollars, taxpayers and taxi riders deserve a guarantee that Nissan will stop selling its vehicles to Iran.” Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Blasts Nissan’s Iranian Connection”