Mayor Bill de Blasio today named Meera Joshi, the former general counsel at the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), as his pick to lead the agency. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Names Meera Joshi to Lead TLC”
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”
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.
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.”
“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”
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.
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”