Thursday, May 5, 2011

TAXI, Their Bosses Lobbyists, Campaign Contributions and the App Uber Revolution 639








The Yellow Taxi is Over for Many Uber Takes Over the Political Contributions With Their Lobbyists 
Yellow Cab, Long a Fixture of City Life, Is for Many a Thing of the Past (NYT)  Facing growing competition from ride-hailing apps, taxis are struggling to remain relevant to a generation of digital-minded New Yorkers.





de Blasio Pay to Play Taxi Uber FOIL Cover-UP Continues
The Daily News writes that documents it has received through a Freedom of Information Law request related to New York City’s study on Uber show the mayor’s staff found riders were shifting from taxis to Uber without increasing the total number of rides
Bill’s Uber secrets (NYDN Ed) The communication lifted our spirits: Just under the Freedom of Information Law deadline, City Hall invited us to pick up digitized copies of documents related to Mayor de Blasio’s $2 million consultant’s study of things Uber. Slip the disc into a computer and up pop file after file with not a single file containing contract records, such as a request for proposals and the consultant contracts themselves. Presumably, those show what de Blasio tasked the consultants with doing and how they earned their keep. His aides promise they are still looking. Huh? How hard can they be to find? Meantime, the extant paper trail of the mayor’s quest to rein in the car-hailing app service puts to rest doubt about his fealty to the yellow taxi moguls who had hoped to shut down a threat to their industry — and whose campaign dollars helped pave his path into City Hall. In a Daily News Op-Ed last summer, de Blasio thundered that “overwhelming” traffic congestion driven by Uber obligated him tightly limit new Uber licenses, as well as to study the matter. The mayor also warned of dimming economic prospects for cab drivers, whose plight he has compared to that of low-wage Walmart workers. Then he spent the $2 million, discovered he was wrong and, ultimately, was embarrassed into releasing a skimpy report months after the fact. The documents produced thus far by the administration are heavily blacked out, for no reason other than that the law permits the mayor to black out certain types of information. He can cover it up, so he covers it up. Nonetheless, it’s clear that, from the very start of the review, the mayor’s staff found that riders and drivers were shifting from taxis to Uber for better deals without increasing the total number of rides in the city. Pages of data about taxi industry economics, including the plummeting value of taxi medallions, also make clear that the focus was on medallion holders’ fight for survival. t further turned out Ubers are much more likely than cabs to park between rides, while cabs are more likely to cruise — increasing traffic. This detail was conspicuously missing from the mayor’s January report — and all on its own made an expedition into the mayor’s files worthwhile. More to come, if only City Hall can find those darned contracts. Cuomo TOO  Cuomo, who has not held a press conference at the state Capitol for more than 250 days, decided to honor Mets great Mike Piazza at the Executive Mansion in an event that was open to state lawmakers but closed to the press. Instead, Cuomo had his press office cover the event, which included the presentation of a citation and the “official New York State bat.”




The Most Progressive Mayor in History Has Created A Black Hole for FOIL Requests 
Holding our breath:Waiting for de Blasio's Freedom of Information Law response (NYDN Ed) On Feb. 3, we submitted a Freedom of Information Law request to City Hall seeking access to records related to the $2 million consultant study commissioned by the mayor after he accused Uber of congesting the streets. That very day, an aide confirmed via email that our request had been logged in for action. Six days later came confirmation that de Blasio would provide the records on March 4 or explain why not. Naively, it seems, we concluded that City Hall was not a FOIL black hole, as reports had suggested. Now, though, Voice of the People correspondence has triggered worry. Last year, Manhattan lawyer Craig Sheldon requested records related to a similar report, this having to do with de Blasio’s horse-carriage campaign. * As lobbying money rises, de Blasio’s agency disclosure pledge goes unfulfilled (PoliticoNY) de Blasio promised in his 2013 run for the office that he would have the most transparent mayoral administration in history. As part of that pledge, he vowed that he would continue a practice of proactively disclosing all meetings he’d had with lobbyists. But he also promised to go even further — requiring “that city officials in executive agencies publicly disclose meetings with registered lobbyists on a monthly basis,” according to “One New York — Rising Together,” the 75-page book of policy promises he released in June 2013 as he embarked on his mayoral campaign. More than two years after he first took office, de Blasio has yet to fulfill that pledge.

Foil This: de Blasio Releases Rideshare Study 
He filed identical requests in two places — with City Hall and with the Economic Development Corp. EDC promptly coughed up the documents in its possession. But, with more records outstanding, City Hall keeps sending Sheldon emails that promise delivery or a rejection within 20 days and then another 20 days and then another. They are the exact type of emails we’ve gotten — in other words, they could be black-hole form letters. Uh, oh.


de Blasio is So Incompetent That He Cannot Even Deliver to the Taxi Boses Who Elected Him, Owns Him 
Bill’s big waste(NYDN Ed) For months, Mayor de Blasio played coy on the whys and hows of a $2 million study that he ordered while trying to hobble Uber, the app-based car-for-hire service. Now, as he trickles out details, we have an explanation: The study confirms that, friend to the yellow cab industry, he urged a freeze on new Uber permits with no basis in fact. So reveal scraps that de Blasio relinquished to Politico New York in response to a Freedom of Information Law request for internal documents related to the study.

Still to come are secrets that may be found in a still broader request submitted by the Daily News Editorial Board. De Blasio’s X-files show more Uber rides on the streets and fewer taxi rides, by an almost identical number, even though he had insisted Ubers were “overwhelming” streets and clogging traffic. All this he could have learned before ever embarking on his doomed quest. At the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s insistence, Uber had supplied detailed data sufficient to show more Ubers corresponded to fewer taxis trawling for fares. De Blasio now aims to update TLC rules to ensure Ubers and taxis alike welcome wheelchairs onboard and collect fees to support the MTA. He’ll need to stick to the facts.* Prompted in part by an accident this past November, NYC taxi regulators are combing through data they collect from cabs and car services as they prepare to propose tighter rules governing how long drivers can be on the road. New regulations could address breaks and time between shifts.* New York City taxi regulators are combing through data and preparing to propose tighter rules governing how long drivers may be on the road, possibly by addressing breaks and time between shifts, The Wall Street Journal reports:
TAXI,  Owners, Lobbyists, Campaign Contributions and the App Uber Revolution





Public Understand that the Taxi Bosses Own City Hall
What About the Real Estate Industry the Mother Load of Campaign Contributors?
Voters think taxi industry had de Blasio in the palm of its hand(NYP) A Quinnipiac poll released Monday found that 65 percent of city voters believe that the mayor and other elected officials who pushed to limit Uber cars were getting their marching orders from yellow-cab interests that contributed big campaign funds. “That argument that curbing Uber would cut traffic congestion? ‘Baloney!’ voters say,” explained Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. * Many small, neighborhood car service companies are attempting to adopt to competition from Uber by creating their own apps and offering other tools, The New York Timeswrites:  * Taxi interests edge away from former allies in City Hall (PoliticoNY)

Seven La Guardia cab dispatchers are accused of takingbribes from drivers so they can avoid long wait times  (NYT) * La Guardia taxi dispatchers busted in bribery scheme (NYP) The New York Times writes: * The Post writes that de Blasio and the New York CityCouncil’s efforts to curb the number of e-hail cars operating in the city arefutile, as more companies and more demand for the applications are inevitable:* Why even killing Uber won’t save the yellow-cab industry (NYP Ed) * The taxi app Ubehas sent out fliers to New York City voters, reminding them of which pols were on the company’s side during its bruising battle with City Hall — and pointedly thanking elected officials who helped put the brakes on a de Blasio administration proposal to limit service. New Yorktaxi pickups have dropped by more than 8 million rides in the first half ofthis year: analysis. (NYDN)  Pickups by yellow cabs in Manhattan dropped 10 percent in the first six months of 2015, down to 77 million from the 85.5 million last year at this time, with tax collections dropping 7 percent * Medallion owners aren’t backing down against Uber(NYP) *   The taxi industry is promising there will be hail to pay if the city continues to let Uber drive down the value of medallions. At a rally outside the Taxi and Limousine Commission Sunday, three dozen medallion owners blasted NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the TLC for failing to limit new licenses for e-hail companies. *Taxi Medallion Owners, Drivers Protest TLC Over For-Hire Companies (ny1) *  At a rally outside the Taxi & Limousine Commission, three dozen medallion owners called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the TLC to limit new licenses for e-hail companiesthe Post writes:  Seven dispatchers at La Guardia Airport have been arrested and accused of bribery in a scheme that would see cab drivers pay $5 or $10 to skip long wait times to catch a fare, 

Uber's Mailers to Voters Were Meant to Pressure Councilmember That Campaign $$$ Would Target Them if They Blocked Uber
Uber has sent out fliers to New York City voters, reminding them of which pols were on the company’s side during its bruising battle with City Hall, thanking those who helped stop a proposal to limit service, the Daily News writes:


True News Reported During the 2013 Campaign Taxi Industry Gave Big $$$ to de Blasio's 
The mayor raised more than $350,000 from taxi interests, while championing the industry's fight against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to bring green taxi service to the outer boroughs.   Flashback  on Funding de Blasio Campaign De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT) *  De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday)  De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry He Aided ...(NYT)* Taxi, Livery Owners Help Fill Candidates' Coffers(WSJ) Cab, Livery Owners Help Fill Coffers of Favorite Candidates * Taxi industry gave De Blasio over $550,000 for campaign (NYP) “He’s someone that’s totally indebted to the medallion industry,” said former City Councilmember and ex-mayoral candidate Sal Albanese, who now works as a lawyer. “They have huge hooks in de Blasio – and he owes them big time.” * Poll: NYVoters Say Taxi Cab Political Donations Motivate Crackdown on Uber



Taxi Boss Gave $$$ to the Mayor's PAC Campaign for One NY
Joseph and Chris Termini, owners of the yellow-school-bus companies Hoyt Transportation and Dak Transportation, respectively, each donated $4,500 to de Blasio’s mayoral-transition campaign in December. But their checks were ­returned just weeks later. The campaign refused to say why, but rules don’t allow firms doing business with the city to donate to the kitty of those about to take office — out of conflict-of-interest concerns. Yet the mayor’s Campaign for One New York had no qualms accepting $10,000 from the Terminis in April. (NYP)



Big Loses Taxi Lobbyists Like Bolton St Johns' Gikke
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi








de Blasio Uber Retreat After Getting the Crap Beaten Out of Him By the Uber Gang Political Consultants   
After coming under attack last summer from the ride-hailing app Uber, the de Blasio administration shelved a proposal to cap the number of Uber vehicles and undertook a study of the service’s effect on New York City traffic. The study was due by the end of November. But over six weeks after the deadline, the findings have yet to be made public.* This summer, de Blasio admin said Uber's rise could make NYC"impassable." A look at why City Hall changed its tune:  * Uber wouldn’t face regulations or limits on its so-called surge pricing from the New York City Council, according to legislation introduced Friday by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, marking a political winhttp://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/bill-takes-ride-uber-article-1.2498624 for the company.* City issues low-impact report on car-hail apps (Politico) * New Bill Would Let Prospective Cabbies Skip English Test (Gothamist) *  Bill takes us for a ride on Uber (NYDN) All in all, the skimpy 12-page report managed to confirm only facts that were open and obvious — at a cost of more than $160,000 a page. Blame de Blasio for wasting a huge pile of money while doing the bidding of a friendly special interest. The Daily News writes that the de Blasio administration’sstudy of Uber’s impact on traffic is a “$2 million botched hit job” that confirmed obvious facts, which means de Blasio wasted money while “doing the bidding of a friendly special interest”: 


When Will Their Be A Uber Like Online Service for the Handicapped?
Hail progress (NYDN Ed) Ten years ago, New York’s fleet of yellow taxis included just three cabs capable of offering transportation to passengers who got around in wheelchairs. The number was both meaningless and insulting, prompting this page to steadily advocate that, as a public accommodation, the city’s taxi service needed far greater accessibility for people with disabilities. The politically connected industry fiercely resisted. As a result, progress was slow. Today, 581 of the 13,587 yellow cabs, roughly 4% of the fleet, can serve passengers in wheelchairs. Hailing one on the street is a longshot. Summoning one by phone often entails a wait of at least half an hour. Next up: Uber and other smartphone-based ride services. They include not a single accessible car. In time, they will. Just wait and see. Next up: 



Cuomo Wants to Tap Into Ride-Share and Taxi $$$ What War With de Blasio
How Lobbyists Make Millions From Ride-Share Companies
Ride-Share Companies Assemble Politically Connected Teams (YNN)  As such, both companies already have in place high-profile lobbying shops, according to the most recent data. Lobbying filings show Lyft has retained Berlin Rosen, a consulting firm with ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and has done campaign work for a host of elected officials, including Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Lyft has also turned to David Yassky LLC, run by the former taxi commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. On the state level, Lyft this year retained Albany Strategic Advisors, the firm that includes CEO Allison Lee, a prominent Albany lobbyist. Uber, meanwhile, has on its side Patrick Jenkins & Associates, a lobbying firm founded by an ally of the new Assembly speaker, Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie. Dentons, a firm that includes Democratic former Sen. Craig Johnson — who has close ties to Sen. Jeff Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference — was also retained by Uber this year to lobby both the state and on the local level. On the communications front, Uber has also in recent months hired Matt Wing, a former press secretary for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as Josh Gold, a former political director for the Hotel Trades Council who also conducted de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten campaign.* * A Bay Area start-up called Flywheel aims to challenge Uber’s dominance in the New York City market by breaking into the yellow taxi market and replacing the meter equipment with smartphone payment technology, Politico New York reports:  * New data shows yellow taxis averaged more than 410,000 daily trips in New York City in June and Uber drivers made more than 100,000 trips on the average day in July, which is a fourfold increase from last year, the Journal reports:



TAXI TV Signs Off
The blaring Taxi TV screens that have been irritating passengers for nine years are aboutto go off the air — and riders are happy about it.* New York City Taxis Consider Replacing TV Screens With Something Quieter (NYT)The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission plans to vote Thursday to remove the Taxi TV from some cabs and replace it with a less intrusive technology.* Why did it take nine years to finally kill Taxi TV? (NYP) * New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission plans to vote Thursday on a pilot program that would remove the Taxi TV from some cabs and replace it with more modern — and less intrusive — technology, The New YorkTimes reports: * Uber drivers to receive Amber alerts under new partnership (NYDN) * The Post wonders why it took the Taxi and LimousineCommission nine years to likely kill off Taxi TV, calling it a “another of those inane Bloom­berg-era diktats” that was ordered simply because it could be:  * At a roundtable talk with cab industry officials and state Assembly lawmakers, Uber faced pushback over a bill that would let the car service business roll into the rest of New York, the Daily News reports:

Green cabbies don’t want to drive in Manhattan anymore (NYP) * Uber has not caused a net increase in pickups in Manhattan and createdmore congestion, contrary to claims from de Blasio this summer. Instead the ride-share service is replacing cabs in Manhattan and supplementing them in the outer boroughs, fivethirtyeight.com reports: * Some New York City Cabs to Lose Taxi TV in Pilot Program (NYT) The program would test new payment technology that would use smartphones or tablets rather than the Taxi TV to collect cab fare.* The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission voted unanimously to test new technology to replace the blaring television screens that have been annoying drivers and passengers for years.


Lobbyists Win By Using Campaign Tools to Threaten Weak PAC $$$ Elected Councilmember With Primaries to Win for Uber 
Power in Money: Whenis lobbying in NY not lobbying? (democratandchronicle) When gay-rights groups in 2011 wanted to press the state Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage, they didn’t turn just to a team of lobbyists.They hired a high-powered public relations firm with close ties to public officials to lead the charge. The firm, SKDKnickerbocker, received a whopping $1.8 million for the campaign. he full-court press of ads, mailings and social media worked. New York became the largest state in the nation to make same-sex marriage legal. The spending also made clear something else at the state Capitol: No longer was the key to success solely hiring a lobbying firm to stroll the hallways trying to drum up votes for a special interest. It requires a broad media strategy to win over lawmakers in their districts and in Albany. As spending for lobbying in New York state increased 56 percent over the past decade — from $144 million in 2005 to $226 million in 2015 — so too has the sophistication of the campaigns. A review of records by Gannett’s Albany Bureau showed that the public-relations firms have raked in more than $3 million since 2010 from political campaigns and then worked on efforts to promote key issues before the Legislature through coordinated lobbying efforts. Public-relations firms that can offer a cache of services to public officials and private companies are the new frontier — and state laws have yet to keep up.“The public-relations firms are where it’s heading, especially those that provide political consulting of candidates,” said David Grandeau, the former executive director of the state Lobbying Commission. He said the firms that help state officials get elected can then reap the benefits of their close ties with the lawmakers. “If I’m a consultant and I help you get elected as a state senator, and then I turn around and work for a private-sector, multinational corporation that wants to lobby that public official who I helped get elected, I’m in a pretty good spot to do that, aren’t I?” said Grandeau, a state ethics consultant.* A Manhattan federal judge ruled the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission violated the constitutional rights of thousands of​ drivers by illegally seizing their cars if they suspected them of illegal activity, ​the Post reports: *  Uber biggest in Manhattan and gentrified Brooklyn and Queens (PoliticoNY)

Uber Shadow Govt Team of Lobbyist Was An Orgy With Ton of Money




Uber Used Target Mailing, Robo Calls and Ads to Threaten Councilmembers
 Uber lobbied hard earlier this year, spending $359,089 on lobbying, ads and direct mail to advance its agenda in New York, a sum that excludes its recent campaign amid a fight over a proposed cap, Capital New York writes:  *  There are now more than 30,000 Uber drivers working in New York City — a number that has shot up by 15 percent in just the past four months since de Blasio announced he was no longer pushing to cap the number of Uber drivers, the Post reports: 

Justin Kintz, Nicole Benincasa, David PlouffeRachel Holt, Josh Mohrer, Colin Tooze, Michael Allegretti, James F. Capalino & Associates, Inc., Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates, Kasirer Consulting LLC, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, FrancisJ. Sanzillo & Associates, Inc., Stu Loeser, Bradly Tusk, Jeff PollockJimmy s Siegel political ads, Neil Quattro * Was David Plouffe the Key to Uber’s Deal With New York City?(NY Mag) * Uber Consultant Rudy Giuliani Gives Uber A Big Thumbs UpOn Background Checks (TPM) * Was David Plouffe the key to Uber's deal with New York City (NY Mag)* Taxi-industry lawyers aiming to slow down Uber have won a victory in Chicago that could boost New York City's yellow-cab interests in their fight for survival, Crain’s reports:  * Production of new Checker cars could start in 2018 (NYDN) * There are more than 30,000 Uber drivers working in NYC (NYP)  -- "Uber doubles number of drivers-just as de Blasio feared: More than 20,000 UberX drivers are roaming the streets of New York City, twice the number from September 2014. The mayor is scrutinizing their impact." Crain'sAndrew Hawkins:






Taxi Bloodbath
 A lender predicts taxi-medallion owners in New York City will not make the balloon payments due on a slew of loans maturing in the next six months, and warns that a “bloodbath” may be in store, Crain’s reports:  * - The Ride-Share Firm Expands Transportation Options inLow-Income New York:  * How Uber is reducing inequality (NYP Ed)* Embattled taxi owner Gene Freidman owes nearly $11 million in taxes, $5 million more than he previously reported, with the vast majority owed to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Post writes: * City judge rules against medallion owners in win for Uber (NYP) Yellow and green cab medallions are not “a shield against the rapid technological advances of the modern world,” a judge wrote in a decision Wednesday that dismissed lawsuits filed by...* New York taxi drivers call on Gov. Cuomo to keep Uber away from outerboroughs (NYDN)* Uber is responding to a city traffic study targeted at theapp-driven car service with its own study, which may signal another collision between the company and the de Blasio administration, The Wall Street Journal reports: * Uber Technologies Inc. is raising doubts about a city traffic study targeted at the app-driven car service by commissioning its own study of the issue. The move may signal another collision between the company and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. * * New York state took over a failing credit union that put nearly all of its money into loans for yellow taxi medallions as Uber and similar services continue to take up much of the market, the Post reports: * Competition with Uber sparks audit of taxi lenders * Cabbies sue the city for forcing rides to be wheelchair accessible (NYP) *City hits Uber and yellow cab drivers with spate of summonses (NYP) * Cabbies file lawsuit claiming wheelchair accessible taxis are causing them to lose money to Uber (NYDN)*   City Hall’s yellow light as de Blasio bigfoots oninnovation (NYDN) A mayor who correctly wants to build on the city’s reputation as a hotbed of tech- and innovation-based industries, who wants all public school kids to take computer science classes, just suggested that businesses should get bureaucratic permission before forging ahead to potentially promising new frontiers. No offense, but in most cases, when startups dare to disrupt existing businesses, it’s none of Bill de Blasio’s business.


de Blasio Still After Uber
Uber pushes back on de Blasio's remark that app should 'pay appropriate taxes' — insists its cars pay four times what yellow cabs do to aid MTA(NYDN)In a letter addressed to de Blasio, Uber responds to the mayor’s claim that it does not pay enough in taxes and contends, on average, it sends more per ride to mass transit than traditional taxis * Why Uber is to blame for yellow cabs clogging street parking (NYP) * Rise of Uber costing MTA dearly (NYP) The surge in Uber ridership has cost the MTA $1 million — since only metered cabs collect the agency-dedicated 50 cent surcharge, according to a new study. The MTA’s cut fell from $88 million in 2011 to $87 million in 2015, according to the Citizen Budget Commission, which released the study on Wednesday morning. The organization recommended that the state direct taxes collected from Uber and other for-hire cars specifically to the MTA to cover the agency’s shortfall. * Sales tax from Uber could help fix MTA budget gap, commission says (NYDN) * Yellow cabs vs. Uber: Tale of the tax tape (NYDN) Taxi of Tomorrow Becomes City’s Yellow Cab Standard (NYP) On Tuesday, the Nissan NV200, known as the Taxi of Tomorrow, becomes the city’s yellow cab standard.

Taxis Turning Into Ubers
E-HAIL, YEAH! New app lets New Yorkers book and pay for yellow, green cabs from their smartphone — hopes to help taxis challenge competitors Uber, Lyft (NYDN) * After a decade of planning and debate over the Taxi of Tomorrow, most owners will now be required to switch to the Nissan NV200 when they retire their cabs in a major makeover for New York City taxis, the Timesreports:  * "Only about two dozen wheelchair-accessible NV200s currently serve as taxis" say NYC officials via @emmagf 


Public Understand that the Taxi Bosses Own City Hall
What About the Real Estate Industry the Mother Load of Campaign Contributors?
Voters think taxi industry had de Blasio in the palm of its hand(NYP) A Quinnipiac poll released Monday found that 65 percent of city voters believe that the mayor and other elected officials who pushed to limit Uber cars were getting their marching orders from yellow-cab interests that contributed big campaign funds. “That argument that curbing Uber would cut traffic congestion? ‘Baloney!’ voters say,” explained Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. * Many small, neighborhood car service companies are attempting to adopt to competition from Uber by creating their own apps and offering other tools, The New York Timeswrites:  * Taxi interests edge away from former allies in City Hall (PoliticoNY) * Seven La Guardia cab dispatchers are accused of takingbribes from drivers so they can avoid long wait times  (NYT) * La Guardia taxi dispatchers busted in bribery scheme (NYP) * Seven dispatchers at La Guardia Airport have been arrested and accused of bribery in a scheme that would see cab drivers pay $5 or $10 to skip long wait times to catch a fare, The New York Times writes: * The Post writes that de Blasio and the New York CityCouncil’s efforts to curb the number of e-hail cars operating in the city arefutile, as more companies and more demand for the applications are inevitable:* Why even killing Uber won’t save the yellow-cab industry (NYP Ed) * The taxi app Uber has sent out fliers to New York City voters, reminding them of which pols were on the company’s side during its bruising battle with City Hall — and pointedly thanking elected officials who helped put the brakes on a de Blasio administration proposal to limit service. * New Yorktaxi pickups have dropped by more than 8 million rides in the first half ofthis year: analysis. (NYDN)  Pickups by yellow cabs in Manhattan dropped 10 percent in the first six months of 2015, down to 77 million from the 85.5 million last year at this time, with tax collections dropping 7 percent * Medallion owners aren’t backing down against Uber(NYP) *   The taxi industry is promising there will be hail to pay if the city continues to let Uber drive down the value of medallions. At a rally outside the Taxi and Limousine Commission Sunday, three dozen medallion owners blasted NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the TLC for failing to limit new licenses for e-hail companies. *Taxi Medallion Owners, Drivers Protest TLC Over For-Hire Companies (ny1) *  At a rally outside the Taxi & Limousine Commission, three dozen medallion owners called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the TLC to limit new licenses for e-hail companies, the Post writes: 

Uber's Mailers to Voters Were Meant to Pressure Councilmember That Campaign $$$ Would Target Them if They Blocked Uber
Uber has sent out fliers to New York City voters, reminding them of which pols were on the company’s side during its bruising battle with City Hall, thanking those who helped stop a proposal to limit service, the Daily News writes:


True News Reported During the 2013 Campaign Taxi Industry Gave Big $$$ to de Blasio's 
The mayor raised more than $350,000 from taxi interests, while championing the industry's fight against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to bring green taxi service to the outer boroughs.   Flashback  on Funding de Blasio Campaign De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT) *  De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday) *  De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry He Aided ...(NYT)Taxi, Livery Owners Help Fill Candidates' Coffers(WSJ) Cab, Livery Owners Help Fill Coffers of Favorite Candidates 


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Big Loses Taxi Lobbyists Like Bolton St Johns' Gikke
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi









* Members of the Taxis for All Campaign, an advocacy group for blind and wheelchair-users, hosted a “roll-in” outside Uber’s Chelsea headquarters to protest what it says is the company’s lack of accessible vehicles, Capital New York reports: http://goo.gl/zMMTtq

A bill sponsored by NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, a Brooklyn Democrat, would require taxis and car services like Uber to have a back-seat panic button that could summon the police to a passenger in peril.



A bill sponsored by NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, a Brooklyn Democrat, would require taxis and car services like Uber to have a back-seat panic button that could summon the police to a passenger in peril. 

Ride-hail service Lyft will pay $300,000 as part of a settlement with state AG Eric Schneiderman and the New York State Department of Financial Services.


Members of the Taxis for All Campaign, an advocacy group for blind and wheelchair-using passengers, hosted a “roll-in” outside Uber’s Chelsea headquarters to protest what it says is the company’s lack of accessible vehicles.



True News Wags CapitalNY On Uber But Leaves Out Shadow Govt Lobbyists and Privatization of the Machine 
Uber lobbied hard in New York before cap fight, too (Capital) Uber has more than 250 lobbyists and 29 lobbying firms registered in state capitals, not including municipal lobbyists, Bloomberg reported. Capital reported last week that Uber hired an army of some of the city's best known political operatives and lobbyists to run their campaign against the proposed regulations, including former mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign manager Bradley Tusk, former Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser, Hillary Clinton ad man Jimmy Siegel, Clinton super PAC pollster Jef Pollock and Democratic operative Neal Kwatra. The Albany-based firm Hill, Gosdeck & McGraw, which lobbied only state officials, received $30,000 from Uber, state records show. Well-known Democratic political operative Patrick Jenkins’s Queens-based firm, which has lobbied both city and state officials, has been paid $45,000 so far. CIty-based lobbyist James F. Capalino’s firm has been paid at least $90,000 this year to lobby city officials, and Kasirer Consulting, the lobbying firm run by Suri Kasirer, earned $45,000, the records show. McKenna, Long & Aldridge, another Albany-based firm hired to lobby both city and state officials, has so far earned $60,000. Uber’s in-house lobbyists have earned $7,139 according to the state records. State lobbying records also show Uber paid $13,690 to the Knickerbocker Group for “newspaper ads to raise awareness about Uber Driver partnerships in NYC” and paid the firm $66,763 for “Direct mail to raise awareness about Uber-Driver partnerships in NYC.” 


Both Cuomo and de Blasio Are Looking How to Get Some of Uber $$$

Uber's victory may be shortlived as de Blasio and Cuomo take aim (CrainsNY)  The mayor says a vehicle cap remains an option if Uber falls short of its promises, and the governor plans to discuss statewide regulations with the company.   Will the Uber Fight Haunt de Blasio in 2017? (NY Mag) 

Uber was able to deftly outflank de Blasio on his home turf, co-opting pieces of his message, splitting him from his normal Democratic allies, and drawing together an opposition constituency that could haunt de Blasio in 2017. To do so, Uber deployed a sophisticated, expensive political campaign waged by lobbyists and strategists trained in the regimes of Obama, Cuomo, and Bloomberg. That campaign worked in part because even though Uber the company is motivated by the pursuit of profit, not social justice, Uber the product has some genuinely progressive effects. So Uber went straight at the mayor’s minority base, drawing it into its vision of the modern New York. The company’s ad blitz highlighted how Uber’s drivers are mostly black and brown. It held a press conference at Sylvia’s, in Harlem, where the company basically accused the mayor of discriminating against minorities by daring to try to rein in its growth. It pushed data to reporters showing that Uber serves outer-borough neighborhoods that for years were shunned by yellow cabs. 

  ” The mayor is also realistic enough to know that if the Council had enacted the cap, Uber would have continued to hammer him, likely suing the city and trying to get Albany to step in on the company’s side. Crafting a compromise may yield better taxi policy, but it also avoids some political pain. For now, anyway. “Uber has a lot of the same consultants as the charter-school people,” a business leader who is sympathetic to de Blasio says. “To the mayor’s people, the possibility of that coalescing into an actual political opposition is a clear and present danger.”


Uber Shadow Govt Team of Lobbyist Was An Orgy With Ton of Money




The Uber Lobbyist Wolves That Kicked de Blasio Ass
Tuesday Update * Uber lobbied hard earlier this year, spending $359,089 on lobbying, ads and direct mail to advance its agenda in New York, a sum that excludes its recent campaign amid a fight over a proposed cap, Capital New York writes: 


Justin Kintz, Nicole Benincasa, David PlouffeRachel Holt, Josh Mohrer, Colin Tooze, Michael Allegretti, James F. Capalino & Associates, Inc., Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates, Kasirer Consulting LLC, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, FrancisJ. Sanzillo & Associates, Inc., Stu Loeser, Bradly Tusk, Jeff PollockJimmy s Siegel political ads, Neil Quattro * Was David Plouffe the Key to Uber’s Deal With New York City?(NY Mag) * Uber Consultant Rudy Giuliani Gives Uber A Big Thumbs UpOn Background Checks (TPM) * Was David Plouffe the key to Uber's deal with New York City (NY Mag) Education Shadow Govt Deep-pocketed groups backing education reform this year are taking advantage of loopholes in transparency laws to keep their donors anonymous.





de Blasio Fails to Help Taxi Bosses With Uber But Gives One of Them A High Level Post
Fred Heller, the owner of Team Systems, a yellow-cab company that rounded up nearly $50,000 for de Blasio’s mayoral campaign, was one of the mayor’s 10 new appointees to the Economic Development Corp., thePost reports: Fred Heller, the owner of a yellow-cab company who rounded up nearly $50,000 for de Blasio’s campaign in 2013, has landed on the board of the city’s key economic development agency.




de Blasio's Uber Blinks After Cuomo Goes Nuclear
Three people close to an agreement between de Blasio and Uber said the administration plans to drop a proposed cap on the number of vehicles the car service can add, The New York Times reports:  * Mayor de Blasio Says He Beat Uber. Did He?   He dropped the cap on the car-hail app's growth in exchange for two fuzzy promises. * NYC strikes deal with Uber: No cap on drivers during study (NYP) * UBER MOTORS ON: Ride-hailing company reaches deal with city as Mayor de Blasio agrees to four-month traffic impact study (NYDN) * De Blasio Administration Dropping Plan for Uber Cap, for Now (NYT) Under the deal, New York City will conduct a four-month study on the effect of Uber and other for-hire vehicle operators on the city’s traffic and environment. *  Editorial: Bill's Uber kick in the app  (NYDN) * City, Uber Strike Deal That Avoids Cap on For-Hire Vehicle Growth (NY1) * Bill de Blasio’s embarrassing Uber defeat — the latest in a string of misguided battles (NYP Ed) Now, this isn’t the first big fight Hizzoner’s lost, particularly when Cuomo gets involved. He kicked off his mayoralty with a defeat when his “millionaire’s tax” went down. He set out to squeeze charter schools (much like his attack on Uber), and wound up seeing Albany mandate more resources for them.

Wile E. de Blasio: I Won the Uber War and Did Not Cave In
De Blasio on Uber: We haven’t caved (NYP) *Mark-Viverito Blasts de Blasio’s Attempt to ‘Save Face’on Uber Deal (NYO)  * NYC Council Speaker says she — not Mayor — drove Uber deal (NYDN) * New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said it was sexist to assume men told her what to do and that she, not the mayor, moved to table a bill that would cap growth of Uber’s fleet   * de Blasio described the agreement with Uber as a victory and said he did not cave in the face of the company’s multimillion dollar ad buy or e-mail petition targeting him, theDaily News reports:  * Meanwhile, the governor said he was concerned about regulating Uber shortly after receiving a memo contending the bill in question violated state law from a credit union that lends to medallion owners, Crain’s reports:   *  Mark-Viverito proposed bringing Uber and city officials together, which ultimately resulted in an agreement to table a measure that would have limited how many more cars Uber can add to its fleet, State of Politicsreports:

 de Blasio described the agreement with Uber as a victory and said he did not cave in the face of the company’s multimillion dollar ad buy or e-mail petition targeting him, theDaily News reports:  * Data cited in the ongoing debate over Uber’s impact on Manhattan streets has been contradictory, confusing and in some cases misleading, but perhaps the city’s four-month study will fix this, FiveThirtyEight reports:  * Uber’s hiring of former Obama strategist David Plouffe and several other former political operatives may have played a role in its success in stalling unfavorable New York City legislation, New York Magazine reports:  * Mark-Viverito proposed bringing Uber and city officials together, which ultimately resulted in an agreement to table a measure that would have limited how many more cars Uber can add to its fleet, State of Politicsreports: * * Meanwhile, the governor said he was concerned about regulating Uber shortly after receiving a memo contending the bill in question violated state law from a credit union that lends to medallion owners, Crain’s reports: * * New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said it was sexist to assume men told her what to do and that she, not the mayor, moved to table a bill that would cap growth of Uber’s fleet, the Daily News reports: * Why Uber is apolitical Rorschach test: * NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito had some unusually harsh words for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding the Uber cap. * AP News : Fallout from Uber deal keeps tensions high at NYC City Hall  NEW YORK (AP) - The deal that, for now, decided the ride-hailing behemoth Uber's future in New York City began with a phone call to Rome. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Tuesday * Uber and Airbnb: astudy in regulatory hypocrisy  *  Mark-Viverito rails against de Blasio over car-hail deal (Capital)  * De Blasio FacesBacklash From Council Speaker After Uber Deal (DNAINFO) * De Blasio backeddown on Uber, but the debate is far from over: (538) *  New York Strikes a Welcome Deal With Uber (NYT) Putting off proposed limits on Uber’s growth was the right call for the city. * Mayor Bill de Blasiostepped off a plane from ItalyThursday into a fresh thicket of city controversy (NY1) * De Blasio caved. He laid out his terms Sunday. Didn't get them. To call this a win is absurd. (NYDN) * .@Uber's won the fight for New York's streets, which has these taxi drivers honking mad.  * While Uber and other e-hailing services have continued to gain ground in the New York City market, traditional taxicabs are beginning to feel the impact of their new competitors, The Wall StreetJournal writes:   * A group of yellow cab backers suing the city for embracing apps like Uber are petitioning a judge to grant an emergency hearing that could freeze the bulk of the taxi-app giant’s business, the Daily Newsreports:   * "This week Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to make anexample of Uber, ... Instead, Uber just made an example out of him"  * De Blasio Faces Backlash From Council Speaker After UberDeal via @Dnainfo * De Blasio gets schooled on Uber by Cuomo, Mark-Viverito and... Kate Upton?: It’s no secret that Mayor Bill de…


Mayor Mugged By Uber 
And just this spring, he sought permanent control of the schools — only to be given just one more year. * In a stunning turnaround less than 24 hours before an expected NYC Council vote, the de Blasio administration backed down on its controversial plan to cap Uber’s growth while it studied the app’s impact on congestion.* Shortly before Cuomo’s voiced concern about de Blasio’s plan to cap the rapid growth in the for-hire vehicle industry, a memo from taxi medallion interests was sent to the governor’s office asserting that the City Council’s bill violated state law. *  The de Blasio Diaries, Chapter 34: Hail Yeah (Vanity Fair) * The Wall Street Journal writes that de Blasio’s push tolimit the number of licenses for e-hailing services like Uber was an example of progressive politics used to protect the powerful, in this case the yellow taxi industry: *The Daily News writes that de Blasio’s choice to go afterthe ride sharing industry was wrongheaded and anti-progressive and that public opinion has made it clear that the people want their Uber:



Taxi Uber War Merges With the Cuomo de Blasio War Goes Nuclear 
Cuomo drops bombshell on de Blasio over Uber (NYP)  Cuomo dropped another political bombshell on Mayor de Blasio Wednesday by vigorously defending Uber — a day before the City Council was scheduled to impose new limits on the popular car service. Speaking on the “Capitol Pressroom” radio show, Cuomo indicated that he plans to go around de Blasio and meet with Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito about the issue. * When asked about a New York City bill that could cap Uber’s expansion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he did not think the government should be in the business of restricting job growth, The Wall Street Journal reports:  * * An analysis by Jamestown Associates estimated that Uber’s ad buy across multiple cable, broadcast and radio systems collectively cost $3,250,674 during a single eight-day period, the Observer reports:  * Andrew Cuomo on Bill de Blasio’s anti-#Uber plan: ‘You can’trestrict trade’ *  De Blasio’s campaign staff favored Uber over yellow cabs (NYP)


Big Loses Taxi Lobbyists Like Bolton St Johns' Gikke
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi






Taxi War and More: Can de Blasio Deliver to His Campaign Contributors? 
Wednesday Uber says records show it’s not driving gridlock, even as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week blamed the surging growth of the company and for-hire cars for straining Manhattan’s congested grid, the Daily News reports: * Scott Stringer: Uber cap makes no sense (NYP) * Ashton Kutcher: "I am beside myself" because ofde Blasio's attempts to regulate Uber via @theblaze *
Why does de Blasio oppose economic opportunity for minorities like me? (NYP Ed) *Editorial: Bill’s phony Uber stats (NYDN Ed) * EXCLUSIVE: de Blasio misleading on Uber congestion, app says (NYDN) * Uber determined to fight any attempts at regulation (Capital) * Some progressives wary of Uber cap proposal (Capital) * Stringer Sides With Uber in Fight Between For-Hire Vehicles, City Hall (NY1) * Taxi kingpin Evgeny Freidman files for bankruptcy for 22 ofhis companies  (CrainsNY) * I DIDN'T E-HAIL: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's 2013 campaign spent thousands on Uber and another e-hail service but the campaign insists that the mayor never used Uber, City & State reports:  * Amid the debate over the city’s car service industry, 22 companies owned by taxi medallion mogul Evgeny Freidman filed for bankruptcy protection to prevent Citibank from foreclosing on its assets, Crain’s reports:   * De Blasio’s campaign to curtail Uber’s growth is a continuation of a “sharper-elbowed” mayor, which started when he declined to endorse Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, New York magazine reports:   * Uber pushes NYC’s largest cab medallion owner into bankruptcy (NYP)  * Kate Upton leads celebrity charge against de Blasio on Uber (NYDN) * City Hall is skeptical of Uber's commitment to Staten Island, the borough showing the fastest growth inthe service  (SI Advance) * The NYDN op-ed page is uberwhelmed this week. Another fineone: @harrysiegel on how cab andUber drivers get shafted. *  De Blasio’s 2013 campaign spent $1,643 using Uber 52 times and spent $11,652.63 taking another company that offers e-hails – Legend Car Service—291 times. A spokesman for the mayor’s campaign said de Blasio did not personally take any of the Uber rides.


Tuesday Update 
City Hall, in a Counterattack, Casts Uber as a Corporate Behemoth (NYT) * Bill de Blasio team’s subtle threats to Uber defenders (NYP Ed) * Bill de Blasio’s anti-Uber scheme is based on misinformation (NYP Ed) * In response to Uber’s ad campaign to fight against a New York City proposal to cap its growth, de Blasio’s team seems to have coalesced around its response plan: Equate Uber to the most polarizing of big-box boogeymen, the Times reports:  * City Hall often cites stat that 72% of Uber trips are in Manhattan. But it's 90%for yellows, @errollouis notes (NYDN)



If de Blasio and the Council Take $$$ From the Taxi Bosses for 2017 Re-election After Cutting Uber Its A Pay to Play Bribe
 William McGurn in the Journal writes why apps, like Uber and Airbnb, and the innovation it brings by its very nature challenges the inner-Elizabeth Warren in so much of today’s Democratic Party:  * NY1’s Errol Louis in the Daily News writes how he hopes the New York City Council study finds what New Yorkers already know to be true: Uber benefits the outer-boroughs that the yellow-taxi business has long ignored:  * Republicans need votes from urban areas to win national elections and they should see the current fight over Uber in New York City as an opportunity to get a foothold in America’s biggest cities, Jill Homan writes in the Post :  * Uber's request for streamed sit-down with de Blasio denied (NYDN) * @HowardStern takes @uber's side v. @BilldeBlasio. Also notes return of beggars, squeegee men. Shades of Dinkins * NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s battle with Uber has escalated considerably, with the company lambasting his efforts to cap its growth in TV ads, mailers and app features, and City Hall fighting back by characterizing the car-hailing entity as a corporate behemoth like Wal-Mart.

  One Manhattancongresswoman doesn't want to see Uber's growth capped  (NYO) * Comptroller Smacks Down De Blasio’s ‘Backwards’Attempt to Slow Uber’s Growth (NYO) * Outer Borough Pols Say de Blasio’s Uber Cap WillHurt Minorities Bklyn BP Adams (NYO)De Blasio lost a key ally in his fight against Uberwhen New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said he wanted a delay on a vote on legislation that would cap Uber’s growth in the city, The Wall Street Journal reports: * Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney also emerged against deBlasio’s Uber cap, saying the attempt was not in the “spirit of the city,” and that the mayor should be willing to debate Uber, the Observer reports:
Council Speaker Takes A Taxi Boss Campaign $ Bribe to Stop Uber
Yellow-cab backers gave Mark-Viverito $27K ahead of Uber vote (NYP) City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hauled in more than $27,000 in campaign donations from yellow-cab interests in the months before the council proposed a cap on high-tech rival Uber, records show. The windfall included contributions from the president and three members of the Committee for Taxi Safety — which in March first lofted a nearly identical proposal to limit Uber. Other donors were yellow-cab medallion owners, drivers and industry lobby­ist Michael Woloz — the largest bundler for Mayor de Blasio’s 2013 campaign for City Hall. Arthur Goldstein, a taxi- financing rep who works for the lobbying firm of de Blasio pal Sid Davidoff, gathered more than $6,000 for Mark-Viverito, who can’t run again for her current position in 2017 because of term limits. * .@Uber slams councilmembers—with one exception  (CrainsNY)

Council and Its Speaker Progressives for Sale
The taxi contributions account for more than 9 percent of the $289,000 she took in during the latest filing period, Jan. 12 through July 11.  The council is expected to vote Thursday on capping Uber’s growth over the next year at 1 percent, and smaller car-service firms at up to 15 percent, purportedly so the city can conduct a yearlong study of traffic congestion in Manhattan. Mark-Viverito is working to garner votes to pass the measure, sources said. But they say it’s de Blasio who was behind the idea to slam the brakes on for-hire vehicles that compete with yellow cabs. 

Council Speaker Mark-Viverito may call herself a progressive, but taking donations from yellow-cab interest groups and supporters before the potential passage of a cap on Uber drivers certainly isn’t 
 A ‘progressive’ sellout of the taxi industry (NYP) Know what puts the “progress” in progressive? Not City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, that’s for sure. As the council prepares to pass a law that would freeze the growth of Uber, the wildly successful app-based car service, comes the revelation that the speaker took $27,000 in campaign donations from yellow-cab interests — which see Uber as their mortal enemy — in the months leading up to the vote. That’s just the sort of thing one does when trying to make progress: Take money from old-school, government-protected monopolists out to crush the innovators. Here’s how Mark-Viverito defines progress: donations from the president and three members of the Committee for Taxi Safety, as well as from yellow-cab medallion owners, drivers and industry lobbyist Michael Woloz. That giving adds up to more than 9 percent of the $289,000 she pulled in during the latest six-month filing period. The hashtag: #progress_for_Melissa’s_wallet.



The corporate giant is fighting a city proposal to limit the growth of for-hire car companies. Uber Challenges de Blasio to a live-stream debate  (NYO De Blasio Won’t Debate Uber Execs Over Car CapPlan (NYO)  Monday Update Uber blasts de Blasio again — Don’t strand New York! (NYP) * Uber vs. yellow-cab fat-cats: Mayor sides with the wrong New York (NYP Ed) de Blasio took office describing a “Tale of Two New Yorks”: a privileged, wealthy, largely white and Manhattan-centric city that had thrived in recent years vs. a less-well-off, more-minority-heavy outer-borough population — of which he saw himself (and his multi-racial family) as the champion. So how tragically ironic that in supporting legislation before the City Council this Thursday, the progressive mayor is coming down firmly on the side of the connected Manhattan-centric class at the expense of the “other New York.”  * Uber plans to continue its campaign against Mayor Bill de Blasio with a multi-million dollar TV advertisement campaign, while the mayor is also being attacked by the taxi and limousine industry, the Post writes:   * Julie Samuels, the executive director of Engine, anon-profit organization that supports the growth of technology businesses through economic research writes in the Daily News that de Blasio should embrace tech companies like Uber: * The de Blasio administration reportedly bullied business groups to stay out of the Uber debate in the weeks leading up to the City Council vote this week on controversial bills to curtail new licenses for e-hail cars. * “I just don’t think this is a battle @BilldeBlasio can win” — @JoeNBC: cc * To Fight City Hall, Uber Plays toRace (WNYC) * Should you trust Uber's big new Uber vs. cabs study?  (NY Mag)  * Should you trust Uber's big new Uber vs. cabs study?   * De Blasio counterattacks against Uber's huge lobbying push.Calls it "corporate behemoth" "Uber is Walmart on wheels"  (NYDN) * City Hall often cites stat that 72% of Uber trips are in Manhattan. But it's 90%for yellows, @errollouis notes * De Blasio lost a key ally in his fight against Uber when New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said he wanted a delay on a vote on legislation that would cap Uber’s growth in the city, The Wall Street Journalreports: 


Cuomo said the explosion of the ride-sharing industry is an issue New Yorkers will have to grapple with statewide, but stopped short of taking sides in the de Blasio administration’s battle with Uber, theObserver writes: WFP Liberals @TheBlackInst @WorkingFamilies rage over @Uber's racial strategy   * Uber goes on the offensive with New York City lawmakers who want to cap the e-hail company’s growth, but spared one main opponent.  City Hall City Hall slams 'misinformation' on proposed cap for Uber (NYDN) * The Nissan NV200, otherwise known as the Taxi of Tomorrow, will become the standard cab on New York City’s streets starting on September 1, after a yearslong legal battle stretching back to 2011, The New York Times reports: * A cap on the number of Uber drivers won’t solve New York’s congestion problem, and the city should instead look to implement the Move NY plan, which would impose tolls on East River bridges and reduce tolls on others, the Timeswrites:  * New Uber App Feature Slams Mayor as Cap Vote Nears (NY1) * .@Uber slams councilmembers—with one exception Sunday  Editorial: Bill de Blasio’s war on Uber (NYDN) Mayor Bill de Blasio fears 'flood' on Uber cars in NYC (NYDN) *  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio writes in the DailyNews that New Yorkers should stand behind the proposed Uber driver cap, arguing that the business is one of the city’s fastest growing but remains largely unregulated, which is problematic:  * The Daily News editorial board counters that de Blasio isstifling a successful, user-friendly business that New Yorkers love and need because he and City Council leaders have close political ties with the traditional yellow-cab industry:* De Blasio to business groups: Stay out of Uber debate – or else (NYP) * Taxi drivers don’t see a dime from in-car TV ads (NYP)
Uber slams Mayor de Blasio with TV ad claiming he's 'giving in to thetaxi industry' (NYDN) The car service app Wednesday launched a TV spot against New York Mayor de Blasio for his administration's plan to cap new for-hire cabs to study congestion.
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi* Taxi Smartphone Hails Increase(WSJ) * Go green, Bill (NYDN Ed) De Blasio must move forward on citywide taxi service The Taxi & Limousine Commission has injected needless delay into expanding the wildly popular green taxi service for the boroughs and upper Manhattan.


UBER COURTS AL SHARPTON -- Cites “concerns” about impact proposed cap on cars would have on minority communities --  “David Plouffe, the former campaign manager and White House adviser to President Barack Obama, met Monday with the Rev. Al Sharpton to persuade him to oppose the cap, according to two sources. The reverend, who has a close and complicated relationship with Mayor Bill de Blasio, ‘has questions’ about the effects the cap would have on minority communities, a source close to Rev. Sharpton said. Mr. Plouffe, the senior vice president of policy and strategy at Uber, will also meet with the staffs of Mr. de Blasio and Gov.


City Hall Protects Its Taxi Bank


Sources said a top Uber official met with the Rev. Al Sharpton and attempted to persuade him to oppose a proposal that would cap the app-based car service’s growth, Crain’s reports:  * Uber wants to expand in New York with help from Rev. Al Sharpton (NYDN)

Potential Uber cap has all the makings of a major scam (NYP) First, some City Council members said they wanted to study the congestion impact of the rapid growth of livery cars. That sounded ominous, given that so much congestion is a result of city policies, from bike lanes to delayed green lights to pedestrian plazas, and the council never cared before.  Taxi moguls, meaning big owners of yellow medallions, have long been hefty donors to de Blasio, and gave over $500,000 to his mayoral campaign. Similarly, council members pushing the legislation have been cozy with the owners, and one, Ydanis Rodriguez, head of the Transportation Committee, even suggested a bailout for owners because competition is lowering the value of the city-issued medallions. * 700 Uber drivers could be fired under new bill (NYP) * A NYC Council bill aimed at capping the number of for-hire licenses allows Uber to add just 200 cars over the next year — and could force it to retroactively ax about 700 drivers who received their licenses after a mandated June 15 cut-off date, the company said. * Uber claims a New York City bill that would limit it to adding 200 for-hire licenses next year may force the app-based car service company to retroactively cut about 700 drivers, the Post reports:

The leader of the anti-Uber movement is Gene Freidman, the so-called taxi king because he owns over 900 medallions. He’s in a dispute with Citi over loans backed by medallions, and there have been reports that he’s a tax scofflaw who owes millions to the city and the state. He was a fundraising bundler for de Blasio’s campaign and has donated to the nonprofit mayor’s fund, according to Capital New York. * New Yorkers choose Uber over yellow cabs as best car service (NYDN) * Uber’s not causing traffic jams — it’s the crowding underground (NYP Ed) Thanks to Uber’s success, Mayor de Blasio has seen the future — and it’s the gridlock that plagued Manhattan’s streets in the bad old days of grimy, dangerous city living. But the mayor’s measure to cap black cars won’t solve the problem. He’d better think about how else to get people from point A to point B. If the city’s rail, bus and subway systems keep deteriorating, more people will opt for a car. Or they’ll leave New York. * Uber to launch $10 carpool deal to help ease congestion (NYDN) * Yellow cab trips declining in NYC, according to TLC data amNY




Taxi Bosses Still Own the City Council Campaign $ and Lobbyists 
Bloomberg When to Albany to Get the Green Cabs

Tuesday Update
Taxi boss blames stop-and-frisk cutbacks for driver’s death (NYP) *  Council meeting could limit number of Uber cars on the road (NYP) *
  • The New York City Council will hold a hearing that could place a temporary cap on the number of vehicles that popular car services like Uber and Lyft are allowed to put on the road, the Post reports:  * Uber Says Proposed Freeze on Licenses in New York City Would Limit Competition (NYT) Legislation proposed by the City Council’s transportation committee would freeze the issuing of for-hire vehicle licenses while a traffic-congestion study was being conducted * Taxi industry upheaval prompts a fiery debate (Capital) * Critics said app-based car services like Uber and Lyft are clogging traffic in Manhattan and polluting the air as the city Taxi and Limousine Commission embarks on a related study, the Post:  * Just a week after Uber offered rare words of praise for NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, the ride-hailing company was back in a familiar position, criticizing the latest move to regulate the fast-growing service. Uber representatives testified before a City Council committee to quash a new threat: a temporary freeze in the issuing of for-hire vehicle licenses.
More On Taxi and Uber and Campaign $$$ and Lobbyists




Uber drivers protest proposed regulations of car-hailing apps (NYP)* At a contentious hearing, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Meera Joshi scoffed at criticism that proposed rules for app-based car services could impede innovation, the Times reports:  * The Daily News writes that the New York City Taxi andLimousine Commission should recognize it has “no hope of ruling” an evolving market and should let customers vote with their smartphones: * Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, P.R., hailed a taxi in Greenwich Village to go back to her hotel – a place recommended by the speaker of the New York City Council. But the cabdriver refused to take her there, because boutique hotel was apparently located in the wrong borough: the Bronx. * Uber closes in on its last frontier: Airports  (NYT)






 Four taxi medallion lenders filed a lawsuit against de Blasio, the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission and Schneiderman, alleging they are letting Uber illegally pick up street-hail passengers, Crain’sreports:  * Dozens of angry Uber drivers protested outside Taxi and Limousine Commission offices in lower Manhattan yesterday as the agency weighed proposed new regulations aimed at reining in car-service apps. * TLC UBER ALLES: City goes too far in regulating an innovative car service (NYDN Ed)  Judge afraid taxi king’s debt case could cripple yellow-cab industry (NYP) A Manhattan judge said the city’s yellow-cab industry is so shaky that he was afraid of making any sudden moves in the debt case against taxi king Gene Freidman — lest the jurist risk crippling the beleaguered industry.“It’s like people listening to the Federal Reserve,” said Manhattan Supreme Justice Jeffrey Oing. “I’m trying to avoid seizure here because of the ripple effect. It’s a fragile situation.” *  De Blasio medallion delay could be boost yellow cab industry(NYP) * Uber and Internet Giants Assail New York City’s Plan to Bolster Rules for Car-Hire Apps *NYT) Under the proposal, smartphone app operators must get city approval to modify certain changes to any app used to arrange vehicles for hire. * Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major Internet companies issued a public rebuke of the de Blasio administration over a rule proposed by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, The New York Times reports: * Taxi Panic Button Proposal Stirs Questions About Safety and False Alarms (NYT)  New York councilman has introduced a bill that would require cabs and car services to provide a back-seat button for passengers in peril, but drivers’ advocates say they have concerns.Taxi boss, who owes $31M to bank, makes deal to halt seizure of medallions (NYDN) * Taxi King to shell out $25K a month in child support (NYP) * Driving Uber Mad (NYT) The tragic saga of how Cinderella’s Uber coach turned back into a judgmental pumpkin.* Taxicab classics: Back on the road with Checker and DeSoto (NYDN) *NYC Uber drivers converting cars to yellow taxis (NYP)




Council Bag Man for Taxi Boss
Councilman wants restitution for cabs hurt by apps (NYP) A city councilman said Thursday in a closed cab summit that the city should pay restitution to medallion owners who have been suffering from cab apps. “I stand with Gene Freidman and those medallion owners who bought a license for exclusive pickups at the airports, and no longer have the right,” said City Council transportation Committee Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez at the New York Athletic Club, the source said. “That is wrong. New York City government should pay restitution to medallion owners.”* A yellow cab ride to LaGuardia is often a ripoff, study finds (NYP) Passengers who hop a yellow cab to LaGuardia Airport may wind up in the red, according to a study that found hacks favor long­er — and costlier — routes. The website ValuePenguin.com examined some 150,000 trips from Midtown to LaGuardia, which is a metered ride, unlike the $52 flat fare to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Drivers chose routes costing passengers up to $10 more about 75 percent of the time, despite saving little time. This extends the trip and results in $10 more on the meter — $4 goes in the cabby’s pocket, and $6 toward the toll, Wu found. * Some state legislators are supporting legislation that would ease the introduction of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in communities outside New York Citythe Times Union reports: Taxi mogul faces assault charges after allegedly choking hiswife (NYP) * NEW RULES FOR ‘E-HAILS’? The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission proposed a new license for app-based car services like Uber and Lyft, which could make everyone play by the same rules, City & State reports: h * How One Woman CouldDestroy Uber’s Business Model — and Take the Entire ‘On-Demand’ Economy Down With It (NY Mag)


Big Taxi de Blasio Contributor Facing the Law 
Sources: Schneiderman to sue taxi mogul Freidman (Capital)Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is expected to file a suit Thursday against embattled taxi mogul Evgeny Freidman for failing to pay taxi drivers and for violating the terms of a preexisting and much-touted 2013 settlement with the state and city over similar issues. Sources familiar with the attorney general’s plan say Schneiderman will file suit in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan alleging that one of Freidman’s companies took weeks to pay drivers fares that were charged to credit cards, and then, when the attorney general’s office inquired about it, presented officials with falsified receipts. * New York Taxi Mogul, Seeking a Bailout, Says He’s Too Bigto Fail (NYT) As one of Mayor de Blasio’s biggest donors – the Daily News reported that he “raised $49,450 for de Blasio’s campaign” and joined the victor in the VIP section at the Brooklyn YMCA for the election night victory party – many wondered whether the defender of the traditional means of getting from point A to point B would have the political sway to fend off the disruption sweeping the nation. The Attorney General’s new lawsuit will certainly change the calculus.

Councilman Rodriguez on the Tit Of the Yellow Taxi Bosses
Councilman’s restitution proposal for taxi owners is nonsense (NYP Ed) What century does Ydanis Rodriguez think he’s living in? In a closed-door summit with taxi magnates this week, the City Council Transportation Committee chairman reportedly said the city needs to “study” why the value of medallions has plummeted — and “explore the possibility to pay restitution for those who value in that investment.” Uber’s roster of drivers has already passed the number of yellow-cab medallions. No wonder: Uber (and its rivals) offer a better deal. Median income for Uber drivers is $90,000 a year, vs. $30,000 for cabbies. And fleet owners often treat their drivers shabbily, to say the least. Adding insult to idiocy, Rodriguez tapped as co-moderator of his “summit” none other than fleet owner Gene Freidman — who was hit with a lawsuit the same day by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.The AG accused Freidman of repeatedly violating cabbies’ rights — paying drivers a month late for rides charged to credit cards, falsifying receipts, bouncing checks to his hacks.


Yellow Upended Sinking . . . Taxi of Tomorrow Stop Again  
After four years in New York City, Uber now has more cars affiliated with it—14,088—than the medallion sector—13,587, data from the city Taxi and Limousine Commission shows, the Post reports: Wow @NYPostOpinionWe sympathize w/folks whole life savings are in a medallion - our business model was upended too * The Post writes that the taxi medallion industry has been upended by the digital age, but it must adjust without getting the New York City Council and state Legislature involved:*Could the threat of Uber & Co. to yellow cabs be a falsenarrative? (CrainsNY)*New York City’s taxi industry is planning to propose a cap on for-hire vehicles to halt the growth of app-based companies like Uber, which now has more cars on the road than the medallion industry, USA Today reports * A judge froze 87 medallions and cabs belonging to New York City’s largest taxi operator, but denied a bank’s request to seize the property after a lawyer said he would crush the already Uber-beleaguered yellow cab industry, the Postreports: * Court delays 'Taxi of Tomorrow' again * Brakes Applied to 'Taxi of Tomorrow' Rollout (NY1)*Taxi of yesterday’s tomorrow (NYP ED)*Taxi driver suing city for suspending his license (NYP)*Taxi medallion lender threatens lawsuit over Uber’s ‘illegal’ hails (NYP)* As part of Vision Zero, the Taxi & Limousine Commission is testing a warning system in six cabs that uses artificial vision technology like cameras and radar to warn drivers about an incoming collision,the Post writes * New York Taxi Mogul, Seeking a Bailout, Says He’s Too Big to Fail (NYT) If the city guarantees medallion loans and the prices keep falling anyway, the city and taxpayers will almost certainly lose out.




Taxi Industry Controls the Legal Process in NYC
Mom says ‘it’s an insult’ after cabbie who fatally hit 9-year-old is fined $580 (NYP) The cabbie who killed a 9-year-old boy as he held his dad’s hand in a Manhattan crosswalk was given a slap on the wrist sentence Monday as the child’s family ripped the Manhattan DA for not criminally prosecuting the driver. Koffi Komlani, 55, was hit with just a $580 fine in a plea deal for failing to exercise due care in the Upper West Side crash that killed Cooper Stock. He will also have his license suspended for six months. “My son’s life is worth $580?” said the victim’s mother Dana Lerner. “It’s an insult. It’s a criminal offense. At the very least, he should have his license permanently removed. The District Attorney should have made more of an effort to make this a criminal offense.” * STOPPING DEADLY DRIVERS: Step up efforts to ticket motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians, before they hurt or kill (NYDN Ed)* Cabby who fatally hit child caught break with DMV delay (NYP) The yellow cabbie who hit and killed a 9-year-old Manhattan boy didn’t just get off easy with the Manhattan D.A. — he caught a break with the blundering DMV, The Post has learned. Koffi Komlani (top inset), 55, will appear before a DMV administrative law judge on June 10, 17 months since he struck Cooper Stock in a ­cross­walk on the Upper West Side. But state laws require that the DMV hold a safety hearing within 12 months after a fatal crash. During the hearings, administrative judges review what happened in the crash and can decide to suspend or revoke a driver’s license. “Why is there no justice?” said Stock’s mom, Dana Lerner, who was not notified by the DMV of the hearing date. “It’s the same thing over and over again. It’s an insult to my son’s memory. The DMV said that they waited to hold the crash hearing in Komlani’s case because it was “pending disposition of the criminal charges.”



Uber No Subway Surcharge Yet 



In New Exam for Cabbies, Knowledge of Streets Takes a Back Seat(NYT) New York cabbies have long had to face a rigorous set of geography questions on the test they must pass to get a license. Now those questions have disappeared.

The Greater New York Taxi Association, which represents yellow taxis, will change its name and work with green cabs and black cars in a new coalition to confront industry changes like e-hail app Uber, the Post reports:  * Although they pay sales taxes, passengers who use car-for-hire services like Uber should join yellow cab riders in financing mass transit by paying the 50-cent-per-ride surcharge for the MTA, the Daily News writes: *  What Uber owes subways (NYDN Ed) Taxi passengers contribute almost $90 million annually to the MTA. Imposing the 50-cent surcharge could double that sum, helping the agency fund its deficit-ridden construction program. Uber has 13,408 vehicles on the streets, only 121 shy of the total number of yellow taxis. The company is adding cars so fast that it will surpass the yellow fleet a day or two from now. To use it, you summon drivers, who operate as independent businesses, via a smartphone app and pay through a credit-card account. * The Greater New York Taxi Association, which represents yellow taxis, will change its name and work with green cabs and black cars in a new coalition to confront industry changes like e-hail app Uber, the Post reports * Tech-savvy car-hailing service Uber is hoping to add 10,000 more New York City drivers in 2015, which would nearly double its size, while also expanding its full-time staff to 150 employees from the current number of 80, Crain’sreports * Although they pay sales taxes, passengers who use car-for-hire services like Uber should join yellow cab riders in financing mass transit by paying the 50-cent-per-ride surcharge for the MTA, the Daily News writes: * What Uber owes subways (NYDN Ed) Taxi passengers contribute almost $90 million annually to the MTA. Imposing the 50-cent surcharge could double that sum, helping the agency fund its deficit-ridden construction programUber has 13,408 vehicles on the streets, only 121 shy of the total number of yellow taxis. The company is adding cars so fast that it will surpass the yellow fleet a day or two from now. To use it, you summon drivers, who operate as independent businesses, via a smartphone app and pay through a credit-card account.



The City Can Learn From the Uber Management Model
The Post writes that Uber, an app-based car service, is designed to be efficient, and that the city and state may be able to improve snow removal, garbage pickup and other services by looking at its model

* Uber’s entry into the New York City market has helped bring down the cost of a taxi medallion by 20 percent, but it hasn’t cut into the earnings of the dominant financier of those valuable licenses, the Post reports:http://goo.gl/aQokpR

City blocks Uber expansion plan, for now capi.tl/1tFkRdW v
* The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission will allow 400 livery and black car drivers, including those from Uber, to convert vehicles under two years old into yellow cabs, the Post reports: http://goo.gl/3sUhWH

Uber is not the only cause for medallions being devalued, the Taxi and Limousine commissioner says.

More On the Taxi Wars
Strong Safety Rules for Taxis and Uber(NYT Ed) The new companies cannot claim that they are safer than taxis when they have failed to meet basic safety standards for their drivers.* RIDE FROM HELL: Cabbie fined $1,000, suspended after he curses at fare, nearly hits people then smashes parked car Sale of green cab permits moving at snail’s pace(NYP) * Uber hires Gov. Cuomo's recently departed press secretary (NYDN) Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recently departed press secretary, Matthew Wing, is joining app-based taxi company Uber’s policy and communications team* New York City Taxi Medallion Prices Keep Falling, Now Down About 25 Percent(NYT  While prices have decreased in New York, medallions are barely selling at all in Chicago and Boston. * Following a debate over trip-record data between New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission and Uber this fall, the New York Office of Administrative Trials and Hearing has suspended five out of six Uber bases, Newsweek reports  


Taxi Industry and Lobbyists Uses Media to Bash Uber 
UBER & OUT! Riders curbing taxi app blamed for assaulting and insulting a slew of female passengers — 'Human beings behind it are not acting with integrity'(NYDN)* Uber announces new safety measures as Bostondriver charged with raping rider(NYDN)The car service company said it would improve background checks on its drivers in a blog post Wednesday. The same day, Boston Uber driver Alejandro Done was arraigned on charges that he raped a woman who ordered a ride on the app, police said.* A revamped plan to develop a fleet of the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow was given the sign off de Blasio’s office, despite the mayor’s long history of criticizing the plan, the Times writes:

The new companies cannot claim that they are safer than taxis when they have failed to meet basic safety standards for their drivers.

Hail fairness(NYDN)
Finally, more wheelchair-accessible taxis



Taxi 
EXCLUSIVE: The bidders were going to invest $47 million in recent taxi medallions, but backed out for various reasons. Long-time members of the cab industry say competition from other car service companies have made some drivers reluctant to invest.
AG to taxi panel: Let the apps ride!(NYDN)* New York Taxi Service Aimed at Women Finds Loyal Following(NYT) *Schneiderman Lyfts off(NYP) In a letter to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the attorney general strongly objects to a proposed new rule that would, he says, “needlessly restrict competition in the for-hire vehicle industry.
Uber's Bad Weather Price Hikes Council Finds Clever Ways to Continue Protecting Taxi Owners as Taxi Medallions Fall
Monday The Greater New York Taxi Association is calling for an independent investigation of reports published by the Taxi and Limousine Commission that said average prices for taxi medallions were steady when they were actually falling, the Times writes:

NYC Councilman David Greenfield has introduced legislation that would impact all livery companies, but is focused on Uber’s sometimes severe price hikes during times of bad weather or high demand.* New York City’s projection of $766 million from taxi medallion sales was reduced by $506 million, with officials citing unrealistic planning, not a shaky market or competition from Uber and Lyft,Gotham Gazette reports: * Under Pressure From Uber, Taxi Medallion Prices are Plummeting(NYT)* Report: TaxiMedallion Prices Drop 17%  *New York Taxi’s Retirement: A Quiet Life on Country Roads in Vermont(NYT) Sunday Update  Taxi Owners in New York Seek Inquiry on Medallion Prices(NYT) The Greater New York Taxi Association is calling for an independent investigation of reports published by the Taxi and Limousine Commission that said average prices for taxi medallions were steady when they were actually falling.* Uber Driving Down Price Of Taxi Medallions(Gothamist) Another point to Uber in the Great Taxi War of 2014.* Medallion Financial, the only publicly traded company that owns a large number of New York City’s yellow taxi medallions, saw its share price hit a three-year low during trading, coinciding with the rise of the e-hail firm Uber, Crain’s reports: * Uber will soon let you cab-pool because that's exactly whatNew Yorkers like to do...share(NYP)* New York Taxi Medallion Prices Fall Again(NYT) * Uber is planning to stick another thorn in the side of the city’s yellow taxi industry on Thursday with the launch of a cab-pooling service that could knock down rates for users by 50 percent or more, the New York Post reports: * The average price of an individual New York taxi medallion fell to $840,000 in November, down 20 percent from its peak of $1.05 million in June 2013, the Times writes: *Council Explores the Woes of Hailing a Taxi(NYT)

City Hall Failed to Disclose New Taxi Court Judge's Deep Ties to the Industry 
City Hall forgot to disclose new taxi court judge's deepties to the industry(NYDN) The new chief judge in charge of policing the taxi industry was until recently a top lawyer for a group that reps medallion owners, a key fact Mayor de Blasio omitted when announcing  his eyebrow-raising pick. De Blasio named Fidel Del Valle, a former lawyer for the Greater New York Taxi Association, Commissioner and Chief Judge of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. In addition to overseeing Taxi & Limousine Commission trials for OATH, Del Valle will also be in charge of hearings on other agency infractions, including the Environmental Control Board Tribunal and the Health Tribunal. De Blasio announced the appointment in a press release touting Del Valle as the "son of Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants and most recently a private practice attorney." The release neglected to say that the group he was an attorney for was GNYTA, which lobbies on behalf of medallion owners and has sued the city on their behalf. * Taxi owners to fight ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ in Court of Appeals(NYP)

Taxi Industry Gets $ to Pay for Handicap Cabs + Tip to Pocket From Mayor They Backed
Taxi fares getting $.30 hike to fund city’s handicap cab goal(NYP) All taxi passengers will begin paying a 30-cent surcharge next year to make half of the city’s cabs wheelchair accessible by 2020, according to new rules approved by the Taxi... The surcharge will start next January, and will be added on to yellow and green taxi trips, as well as livery car rides. Flashback the WHY The News says de Blasio's 30-cent surcharge on cab fares is a huge gift to a prosperous industryThe Daily News writes that the proposed 30-cent surcharge for taxi trips would create roughly $53 million per year in revenue—a huge amount of money to give to a prosperous industry: Flashback De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT) *  De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday)
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi* Taxi Smartphone Hails Increase(WSJ) * Go green, Bill (NYDN Ed) De Blasio must move forward on citywide taxi service The Taxi & Limousine Commission has injected needless delay into expanding the wildly popular green taxi service for the boroughs and upper Manhattan.

Tech Revolution: All the Taxi Bosses and Lobbyists Could Not Stop the Lowering of Medallion Costs

NYC taxi medallion cost $1.1m 6 months ago Now about $800k Because Uber


TAXI, Their Bosses Lobbyists, Campaign Contributions and the App Revolution



Not Even Taxi Bosses and Lobbyists $$$ Can Stop Vision Zero Ticket Blitz 

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is cracking down on dangerous yellow cabs and has issued almost 5,000 safety-related tickets to hacks so far this year—a 95 percent jump from 2013
City cracking down on bad taxi drivers(NYP) The Taxi and Limousine Commission has issued almost 5,000 safety-related tickets to the hacks so far this year — a 95 percent jump from 2013. The huge increase comes even as the number of summonses decreased in the first three months of this year. Tickets skyrocketed in April, when the agency ramped up enforcement as part of the city’s Vision Zero campaign to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. The summonses are for speeding, tailgating, blowing stop signs, and unsafe lane changes, among others infractions.


Taxi Driver Will Not Be Charged 4 Running Over 9 Year Old Boy 

Thursday Update City Council Passes Bill to Yank Taxi Licenses After Crashers
City Council Passes 'Cooper's Law' to Yank Cab Licenses After Crashes(DNAINFO)


de Blasio Rewards Those That Help Fund His Campaign
TAXI FUND-RAISER, NOW REGULATOR(Capital) -- De Blasio aide gets gig at taxi commission -- Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: Izabella Vais been named an assistant commissioner for policy and intergovernmental affairs at the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the agency charged with regulating New York City's fractious, litigious, and monied taxi industry. The mayor raised more than $350,000 from taxi interests, while championing the industry's fight against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to bring green taxi service to the outer boroughs. Several sources in the taxi industry told Capital that Vais was a point person handling donations.* De Blasio raised prodigious amounts of money from the taxi industry during his run for mayor. Now, one of the consultants who helped him raise money from that industry is helping him regulate it Flashback De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT) *  De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday)  Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi* Taxi Smartphone Hails Increase(WSJ) * Go green, Bill (NYDN Ed) De Blasio must move forward on citywide taxi service The Taxi & Limousine Commission has injected needless delay into expanding the wildly popular green taxi service for the boroughs and upper Manhattan.














































A Trend of Resisting Continues to the TLC 
llegal drivers are getting physical with TLC officers(NYP)

The TLC may think it’s doing the right thing by increasing penalties for illegal taxi drivers, but it’s actually hurting its own enforcement officers — literally, sources told The Post....

Bloomberg Gets His Green Cabs  
City to sell 6,000 new green taxi permits(NYP) The city’s plan to more than double its fleet of popular green cabs has been given a green light, The Post has learned. The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week began selling 6,000 permits for the next wave of lime-green cabs, which serve residents of upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs. The new batch of street cabs will be added to the 6,000 or so green cabs currently rolling around underserved city neighborhoods, bringing the total up to 12,000, the TLC said.



City Finally Going After Bad Taxi Drivers 

New law slams brakes on reckless cabbies(NYP)

 

* The business rivalry between Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing programs that operate through smartphones apps, benefits New Yorkers by creating competition for cheaper, safer transportation, the Post writes: http://goo.gl/hk4yVf

Shocking AG Protecting Politically Connected Taxi Owners

Ride-hailing app Lyft is delaying its launch until July 14 after the state Attorney General’s office and the Taxi and Limousine Commission obtained a temporary restraining order preventing the company from starting its service in New York City tonight as it had planned, Business Insider reports Car-Hailing Service, Lyft, Postpones Its Debut in New York(NYT)* LYFT HITS A SPIKE: Car-hailing service delaying New York City launch until it can comply with the TLC after threats of restraining order, vehicle seizures(NYDN)



Uber Looks to Lobby Up
UBER SEEKS P.R. HEAD - Re/Code’s Kara Swisher: “[Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has taken the lead in talking to a series of high-profile political operatives over the last months to take over perhaps the most important position [public relations/communications head] at the company right now … [The list] includes … well-known Democratic strategist Howard Wolfson, who sources said has been perhaps the candidate who has gotten furthest along in the job search. … [T]he talks between Wolfson and Kalanick … are over, in part due to Wolfson’s need to stay in New York, where his wife holds a major new job at the Clinton Foundation. Kalanick is still looking, having talked to other political players such as former Obama White House press secretary Jay Carney (whose name is also being bandied about for the other big job opening in tech PR, at Apple).”
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Here Comes the Lyft Taxi Revolution  

Ride-sharing app Lyft gets green light from Manhattan judge to operate in New York City (NYDN)
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Freed approved an agreement that allows Lyft to begin running its rides in New York City as long as it satisfies city regulators on certain points; it also has to address criteria to continue operating in upstate New York. If the terms of the agreement are not met, Freed said she will block the company from operating in New York State as of July 25.

* In the past year and a half, hundreds of people going about their daily business have had their cars seized because Taxi and Limousine Commission inspectors wrongly suspected they were unlicensed cabbies, DNAinfo reports: http://goo.gl/1BxcSf
* An influx of competition has forced New York City cab and black-car owners to re-examine their businesses while leaning heavily on government regulators to keep upstart startups Uber and Lyft in check, Crain’s reports: http://goo.gl/Vi7Hjn

Uber Slashes Fares on One of Its Products

“INSIDE UBER’S POLITICAL WAR MACHINE” by Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi: “‘We’re in a political campaign, and the candidate is Uber, and the opponent is an asshole named Taxi,’ Travis Kalanick, the CEO of ride-sharing company Uber, said while on stage at a conference in late May. ‘Nobody likes him, he’s not a nice character, but he’s so woven into the political machinery and fabric that a lot of people owe him favors.’“Kalanick wasn’t bluffing. Uber really is the candidate: It has been interviewing potential campaign managers--real ones, from real presidential campaigns--for months. A source close to the hiring process told me, ‘They want somebody who has been steeped in that political warfare.’“... In the process of trying to force regulators to concede to its enormous popularity, ‘Uber’ has become, in some ways, a loaded political term. And observers and participants alike are questioning, in real time, how much government interference is too much. Uber, which in June was valued at $17 billion, appears to be launching a full-scale political operation—complete with backroom operators and face-saving strategists. “To combat governmental hostility, Uber has hired political muscle all over the country: in D.C., it has the Franklin Square Group (Apple, Google). In New York, it has Bradley Tusk (Michael Bloomberg’s former campaign manager). In Chicago, it has Michael Kasper (the lawyer who got Rahm Emanuel on the ballot). Additionally, it has lobbyists in Miami, Baltimore, Houston, and Denver. … “ http://goo.gl/zslmLL


New App Creates Taxi Price War the AG Protects the Taxi Owners 

Prosecutions of cabbies soar(NYP) The city prosecuted almost 40 percent more rider complaints against yellow cabbies last year, The Post has learned7,700 drivers were given violations by Taxi and Limousine Commission prosecutors in 2013, up from 5,468 in 2012, according to TLC data.

Uber, Lyft and a Road Map for Reinventing the Ride(NYT) Prices have been cut, and the business of how people get around is on the verge of big changes.

Friday Update 
Lyft NYC launch delayed after ride-sharing app hits road block(NYP)

A Manhattan judge slammed the brakes on the launch of the controversial ride-sharing app Lyft Friday — just four hours before the vehicles were scheduled to hit the streets.























































Schneiderman And Lawsky Seek Halt To Lyft(YNN)
Uber cuts New York City prices to compete with yellow cabs
UBER vs. yellows: "The price cut is definitely a shot at taxi," said Josh Mohrer, general manager for Uber NYC. "We can't be dominant if we're not both better service and better price." Put another way, Mohrer sees the temporary discount as a promotional device to hook more riders on Uber, increasing demand for Uber drivers, and thereby luring more taxi drivers away from the medallion rental business UBER CHEAPER -- Capital’s Dana Rubinstein reports that Uber, the ambitious San Francisco-based taxi app company, is temporarily making rates for its UberX service in New York City lower than yellow taxi fares: "We just dropped uberX fares by 20%, making it cheaper than a New York City taxi," said a notice on its website. "From Brooklyn to the Bronx, and everywhere in between, uberX is now the most affordable ride in the city."* Attention Uber: "Car hailing app Lyft is aiming tolaunch in New York without permission from city regulators"  (NYDN) * Uber-competitor Lyft to launch Friday in Brooklyn and Queens(Capital) The car-hailing app Lyft is aiming to launch in New York without permission from city regulators—the company’s position bring that it doesn’t need authorization because what it offers is ride sharing, not taxi service—and a battle is expected with the Taxi and Limousine Commission * New York's attorney general says car service app Uber has agreed to cap prices during emergencies, natural disasters or other market disruptions, consistent with the state's law against price gouging, the Associated Press reports:Wednesday  All fare in taxi war(NYP) Think about it: When was the last time New Yorkers saw the price of a common city service go down?This is just what is happening to cab fares. And it’s all thanks to Uber, the innovative app that allows customers to hail a cab from their smart phones.This week, Uber announced it was dropping fares by 20 percent for UberX cars, its bargain service. Uber says this makes an UberX ride “cheaper than a New York City taxi.”* NO TLC: Car-hailing app Lyft to launch in NYC without TLC permission(NYDN) Thursday All fare in taxi war(NYP)* Taxi Commission Blocks Lyft’s Entry Into New York City(NYT)* RIDE WARS – “Lyft Will Continue Operating In NYC Despite Threats From The City's Taxi Commission,” by Business Insider’s Sam Colt: “Lyft’s run in New York City may be startlingly short-lived. The ride-sharing company known for the now-ubiquitous pink mustache on its cars announced on Tuesday that it would begin operating in the Big Apple, even though it didn't have permission from the city's Taxi and Limo Commission (TLC). [Wednesday] the TLC released a statement calling Lyft ‘unauthorized in New York City.’ ‘Lyft has not complied with TLC’s safety requirements and other licensing criteria to verify the integrity and qualifications of the drivers or vehicles used in their service, and Lyft does not hold a license to dispatch cars to pick up passengers.’” http://read.bi/1n9YP8Y
Friday Go to hail  (NYDN) Lyft isn't 'ride-sharing'; it's a livery car service * The ride-sharing service Lyft is set to debut in New York City this weekend, with more than 500 drivers already recruited, even though taxi regulators threaten a crackdown on the ride-sharing service, The Wall Street Journal writes:
Taxi Owners Push Back
‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ foes appeal judge’s decision(NYP)



Taxi Bosses Looking To Take Over Access-A-Ride . . .  Will Save Millions

Cabs are key to saving MTA money with Access-A-Ride(NYP)The MTA is saving millions of dollars a year — by putting people in cabs. Users of the MTA’s Access-A-Ride service were diverted to taxis for 2 million trips, or 30 percent of the time, last year — largely with low-cost cab vouchers issued by the agency. In 2011, only 1.5 million trips, or 23 percent, were shifted to cabs by the program, which serves commuters with disabilities. Each subsidized cab trip saves the MTA $34.50, officials said. The MTA normally pays an average of $67.33 per trip with Access-A-Ride, which uses contractors to drive customers

Mayor Feels the Pain of His Taxi Owners Pals 
Court approves Taxi of Tomorrow, mayor still doesn’t (Capital) Mayor objects to idea of single taxi
Green Taxis Legal by Appeals Court
Appeals Court Rules Bloomberg Plan for ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Is Legal (NYT) The court reversed a lower-court ruling, resuscitating a program passed under the Bloomberg administration for a nearly uniform taxi fleet of Nissan NV200s Appeals court revives New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’(WSJ) * Mayor Criticizes Cab Plan After a Court’s Reversal(NYT)

Taxi Industry Gets $ to Pay for Handicap Cabs + Tip to Pocket From Mayor They Backed
Taxi fares getting $.30 hike to fund city’s handicap cab goal(NYP) All taxi passengers will begin paying a 30-cent surcharge next year to make half of the city’s cabs wheelchair accessible by 2020, according to new rules approved by the Taxi... The surcharge will start next January, and will be added on to yellow and green taxi trips, as well as livery car rides. Flashback the WHY The News says de Blasio's 30-cent surcharge on cab fares is a huge gift to a prosperous industryThe Daily News writes that the proposed 30-cent surcharge for taxi trips would create roughly $53 million per year in revenue—a huge amount of money to give to a prosperous industry: Flashback De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT) *  De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday)
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi* Taxi Smartphone Hails Increase(WSJ) * Go green, Bill (NYDN Ed) De Blasio must move forward on citywide taxi service The Taxi & Limousine Commission has injected needless delay into expanding the wildly popular green taxi service for the boroughs and upper Manhattan.
More About de Blasio and the Taxi Industry

Green Taxis Go Go Go
With New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission officials considering tripling the size of the green taxi fleet, they’re seeing signs of success, including a big bump in trips per day since November, for the program, the Journal reports:  NYC taxis to get cameras, black boxes and speed-limiting tech(NYP) *TLC bosses threatening inspectors if they don’t seize enough cars(NYP)



de Blasio 1 Day 180 Taxi U Turn
Taxi commission now says it will sell new permits late summer

Taxi-turvy de Blasio(NYP Ed) On Thursday, Meera Joshi — the woman just appointed to head the Taxi and Limousine Commission — announced the city was putting on ice the rollout of a fleet of green taxis to the outer boroughs and Upper Manhattan. In the face of public criticism, she has since suggested the licensing of 6,000 new green taxis will merely be delayed a bit.

De Blasio administration relents on green taxi expansion(Capital)  Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio's taxi commissioner, Meera Joshi, said the city couldn't commit to issuing any new green taxi permits in 2014, pending further conversation with "stakeholders."  Today, following reports in both tabloids, The New York Times and the blogs that de Blasio was delaying the program, and that he had also reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from its opponents in the yellow-taxi industry, the administration is now committing to resume the expansion after only a minor delay.* Taxi industry gave De Blasio over $550,000 for campaign(NYP)



Taxi App Clears Court Hurdle and Begins to Operate  

 Car-Hailing Service, Lyft, Reaches Deal to Operate in New York City(NYT)After two weeks of negotiations, the taxi service company made its drivers subject to the same rules as those who operate vehicles through the Taxi and Limousine Commission.* Cab app Lyft to launch in NYC Friday night after reaching a deal with taxi commission(NYDN)* Lyft Service Launched After Changes (WSJ) * Yellow cabs faster than Uber, Lyft in Post’s taxi test(NYP) * Lyft President John Zimmer on the Company’s New York Debut, Regulation, and the Taxi Industry (NY Mag)* After Lyft’s approval last week, the new car service may increase competition for yellow medallion taxis and make transportation more accessible for New York City residents, am New York writes
 New York City Gets a Lyftpps and Lobbyists


de Blasio Finally Got the Transparency He Promised With A Little Help From the Media


App Solution to the Handicapped Cab Problem?50,000 use new app to order handicapped-accessible cabs(NYP) The city’s handicapped-accessible taxi program, where wheelchair and scooter-bound passengers can order yellow cabs using a smartphone, has been a success with more than 50,000 people taking advantage of the.

de Blasio Repays Taxi Bosses by Cutting Green Taxis for Support of His Campaign for Mayor

Mayor Off Duty Sign
New York City Moves to Slow Growth of Popular Green-Cab FleetThe administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose campaign relied heavily on contributions from the yellow cab industry, signaled on Thursday that it would slow the growth of a rival taxi fleet.* Next wave of popular green cabs hits TLC snag(NYP) The new chair of the Taxi and Limousine Commission on Thursday said she couldn’t guarantee that the next batch of 6,000 green taxi permits would be issued at any point in 2014, as previously planned.* How de Blasio stopped the borough taxi program(Capital) Mayor delays industry-opposed rollout of until further notice. Commissioner Meera Joshi gave no date for resuming the expansion. The move is consistent with the positions on borough taxis previously adopted by the mayor, who has received substantial support from major yellow-taxi medallion owners and has consistently echoed their concerns about Michael Bloomberg’s signature overhaul of the previous system.* TLC Says Green Cab Program Will Continue to Move Forward(NY1)
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* A state appeals court reversed a lower-court’s decision and declared to be legal the Bloomberg administration Taxi of Tomorrow plan for a nearly uniform fleet of yellow taxis in New York City, the Times reports: http://goo.gl/47PxSV
* A federal judge approved a 30-cent surcharge for New York City taxis that will be used to pay for wheelchair accessible conversations for part of the city’s fleet, the New York Post writes: http://goo.gl/LHcujI'

Green' cab permits in high demand

Judge Mayor Soaking the Riders, Delays Taxi Increase 
de Blasio Gets Hacked Trying to Pay Back the Taxi Industry for Their support of His Campaign


































































Judge delays de Blasio’s wheelchair-accessibility taxi surcharge(NYP)

A federal judge is putting the brakes on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to make all taxis wheelchair accessible until the administration proves it’s not soaking riders with a 30-cent-per-ride surcharge..Judge wants proof there's no fuzzy math before signing off on wheelchair-accessibility taxi surcharge* No free ride (NYDN ED)
Taxi and LImousine Commission's surcharge numbers don't add up  

The number of wheelchair-accessible New York City cabs reportedly could increase to more than 16,500 over 10 years under a plan drafted by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the Daily News writes:
Kudos to Judge Daniels for closely examining 30 c surcharge DEB is imposing on taxi riders Most of $ will go to his camp donors, taxi owners
True News Has Reported
Taxi Industry Gets $ to Pay for Handicap Cabs + Tip to Pocket From Mayor They Backed
Taxi fares getting $.30 hike to fund city’s handicap cab goal(NYP) All taxi passengers will begin paying a 30-cent surcharge next year to make half of the city’s cabs wheelchair accessible by 2020, according to new rules approved by the Taxi... The surcharge will start next January, and will be added on to yellow and green taxi trips, as well as livery car rides. Flashback the WHY The News says de Blasio's 30-cent surcharge on cab fares is a huge gift to a prosperous industry. The Daily News writes that the proposed 30-cent surcharge for taxi trips would create roughly $53 million per year in revenue—a huge amount of money to give to a prosperous industry: Flashback De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT)De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday)
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi* Taxi Smartphone Hails Increase(WSJ) * Go green, Bill (NYDN Ed) De Blasio must move forward on citywide taxi service The Taxi & Limousine Commission has injected needless delay into expanding the wildly popular green taxi service for the boroughs and upper Manhattan.
More About de Blasio and the Taxi Industry



Uber Worth $18 Billion Because Sure, Why Not?(Huff Post)


Taxi Driver Will Not Be Charged With Running Over 9 Year Old Boy 


Thursday Update City Council Passes Bill to Yank Taxi Licenses After Crashers
City Council Passes 'Cooper's Law' to Yank Cab Licenses After Crashes(DNAINFO)

Cab Driver Who Struck, Killed 8-Year-Old on Upper West Side Will Not Be Charged (NY1)
Cab driver who ran over 9-year-old won’t be prosecuted(NYP) * Mother of Child Struck and Killed by Cab Hopes Laws Can Be Changed(NY1)
*SPEED READ -- “More Than 4,800 Drivers Caught Speeding in Two-Day NYPD Crackdown,” by DNAinfo’s Aidan Gardiner: “More than 4,800 drivers were caught speeding during a 48-hour window this week, bringing the number of tickets issued in recent NYPD traffic crackdowns to over 10,000, police said. Brooklyn had the most speeders with 1,249 summonses issued during the increased enforcement period from midnight Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday … The crackdown came a week after a similar initiative meant to catch drivers on their phones or not yielding to pedestrians, which produced 5,258 tickets.” http://goo.gl/t95tLwTaxi Bosses and Their Lobbyists


Taxi Industry Gets $ to Pay for Handicap Cabs + Tip to Pocket From Mayor They Backed
Taxi fares getting $.30 hike to fund city’s handicap cab goal(NYP) All taxi passengers will begin paying a 30-cent surcharge next year to make half of the city’s cabs wheelchair accessible by 2020, according to new rules approved by the Taxi... The surcharge will start next January, and will be added on to yellow and green taxi trips, as well as livery car rides. Flashback the WHY The News says de Blasio's 30-cent surcharge on cab fares is a huge gift to a prosperous industry. The Daily News writes that the proposed 30-cent surcharge for taxi trips would create roughly $53 million per year in revenue—a huge amount of money to give to a prosperous industry: Flashback De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT)De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday)
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi* Taxi Smartphone Hails Increase(WSJ) * Go green, Bill (NYDN Ed) De Blasio must move forward on citywide taxi service The Taxi & Limousine Commission has injected needless delay into expanding the wildly popular green taxi service for the boroughs and upper Manhattan.
As a former lawmaker I saw first hand what happens when lobbyists & special interests raise $ for pols they become dependent

de Blasio Rewards Those That Help Fund His Campaign
TAXI FUND-RAISER, NOW REGULATOR(Capital) -- De Blasio aide gets gig at taxi commission -- Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: Izabella Vais been named an assistant commissioner for policy and intergovernmental affairs at the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the agency charged with regulating New York City's fractious, litigious, and monied taxi industry. The mayor raised more than $350,000 from taxi interests, while championing the industry's fight against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to bring green taxi service to the outer boroughs. Several sources in the taxi industry told Capital that Vais was a point person handling donations.* De Blasio raised prodigious amounts of money from the taxi industry during his run for mayor. Now, one of the consultants who helped him raise money from that industry is helping him regulate it. * Republican Rob Astorino has chosen a little-known upstate sheriff - and a vocal critic of Gov. Cuomo’s gun control law - to be his running mate. Astorino chose Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss to run for lieutenant governor, making him the first black candidate to run on the GOP’s statewide ticket.

Uber to expand further into black-car territory(Capital)


New application submitted to T.L.C. as company claims high earnings for drivers


De Blasio budgets for accessible taxis(Capital)

Taxi Industry Gets $$$ to Pay for Handicap and A Tip to Pocket From Mayor They Backed
Taxi fares getting $.30 hike to fund city’s handicap cab goal(NYP) All taxi passengers will begin paying a 30-cent surcharge next year to make half of the city’s cabs wheelchair accessible by 2020, according to new rules approved by the Taxi... The surcharge will start next January, and will be added on to yellow and green taxi trips, as well as livery car rides. Flashback the WHY The News says de Blasio's 30-cent surcharge on cab fares is a huge gift to a prosperous industry. The Daily News writes that the proposed 30-cent surcharge for taxi trips would create roughly $53 million per year in revenue—a huge amount of money to give to a prosperous industry: Flashback De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT)De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday)Not Vision Zero When It Comes to Bad Taxi Drivers, Why? Taxi Lobbyists 


Hacking Feet:
More Evidence of Toothless

Cabby who sheared off beauty queen’s leg is back behind the wheel(NYP) Himon claimed he was cut off by cyclist Kenneth ­Olivo, 41, and lost control of his cab after he tried to zip ahead of the pedal pusher. After the accident, the TLC suspended Himon’s license for 30 days, and he was slapped with a summons for operating a cab he was not authorized to be driving. But since neither the Manhattan district attorney nor the NYPD filed criminal charges against Himon, the agency reinstated his license, which he claimed last Sept. 26. The TLC — which has vowed to take new steps to keep dangerous drivers off the road — did ask Himon to voluntarily surrender his license, but he refused, an agency spokesman said. The Bangladesh native, who has been in the United States about five years, later admitted to The Post that he was a lousy driver, and records show he racked up three moving violations for nine points on his license in 2011, including citations for running a red light and driving 65 mph in a 45-mph zone. Himon briefly worked for ­Arthur Cab in Queens after the accident — but was quickly fired after the company discovered he had lied during a job interview. “I asked if he had any accidents. He said no. He drove here two days,” a manager said. “The TLC called and asked if he was working for us, and then they told me.”
If you want to know why Mohammed Faysal Himon is still driving a cab ask these lobbyists: Bolton St. Johns, Inc.,  Connelly McLaughlin & WolozWilson, Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP,  Connective Strategies LLCNew York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc.Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, *Michael Woloz, of the firm Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz, who represents the taxi industry, bundled nearly $235,000 in campaign contributions for Mr. de Blasio, more than double anyone else's haul..(CrainsNY)
More on the Taxi Industry and Their Lobbyists

Taxi Driver Charged in $28,000 Toll Fraud(NYT)
For nearly two years the driver sneaked through toll plazas by “piggybacking” on the driver in front of him, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authorities.

Taxi Speeding Tech
City Explores Ways to Curb Taxi Speeds(NYT)
The Taxi and Limousine Commission has issued a request for information concerning “anti-speeding vehicle technologies,” including anti-speeding devices for cars.

Michael Woloz, of the firm Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz, who represents the taxi industry, bundled nearly $235,000 in campaign contributions for Mr. de Blasio, more than double anyone else's haul..(CrainsNY)

Taxi Driver Charged in $28,000 Toll Fraud

Hidden Taxi Payoff Takes NYers 4 A Ride

Killing Middle Class Pt 30
The News says de Blasio's 30-cent surcharge on cab fares is a huge gift to a prosperous industry. The Daily News writes that the proposed 30-cent surcharge for taxi trips would create roughly $53 million per year in revenue—a huge amount of money to give to a prosperous industry: Flashback De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT)De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday) * Behind the Wheel of an Accessible Cab(WSJ)

New York's Likely Next Mayor Is Bad News For Anyone Who Takes Taxis(Business Insider)

The NYC Taxi Licensing Cartel and Lobbyists - FSK's Guide ...

Uber Runs Up Against Big Taxi in New York Now - The Wire

 
Taxi Increase to Pay for Handicapped Cabs 
The de Blasio administration is proposing a 30-cent surcharge on all yellow and street-hail taxi rides to help pay for conversions of half of the city’s taxi fleet to make them wheelchair-accessible
De Blasio plans a taxi-accessibility surcharge(Capital) * New York City cab ride prices could increase by 30 cents next year(NYDN) * De Blasio proposes fare hike to fund handicap-friendly cabs(NYP) * Plan Would Add 30¢ Per Ride to Pay for Accessible Taxis(NYT) * More cabbies testing positive for cocaine and marijuana(NYP)


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New Taxi Boss Another Insider
Mayor de Blasio to tap former lawyer to run Taxi and Limousine Commission(NYDN)
Meera Joshi, a former lawyer for the agency, is to be tapped by Mayor de Blasio on Saturday, the Daily News has learned. Joshi, who called the appointment an 'honor,' will be the second woman to head the commission. * De Blasio, Critic of Taxi Commission, Picks Its Ex-Counsel to Lead It(NYT)Meera Joshi was nominated by Mayor Bill de Blasio despite her role in expanding street hail service and the Taxi of Tomorrow, has often criticized.* Bill de Blasio Names Meera Joshi to Lead TLC(NYO) * Why doesn’t the TLC fire dangerous cab drivers?(NYP Ed) "de Blasio’s transition team floated possible posts to Liu, including Taxi & Limousine cmsnr & finance commissioner"



Behind the Wheel of an Accessible Cab(WSJ)

Councilman Proposes Black Boxes To Monitor Taxi Drivers’ Speed

Taxi deal awaits de Blasio appointment

Timetable Set for Rules on Wheelchair-Accessible Taxicabs(NYT)








Dem council hopeful Micah Kellner scored on taxi lobbying | Ne



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21 cabbies in tragic crashes, only 1 charged(NYP) A cabdriver who fatally struck a 9-year-old boy on the Upper West Side Friday was one of at least 21 hacks who have killed or injured pedestrians or cyclists in the city over the past five years — and only one appears to have been charged criminally.
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Ride on!(NYP Ed) *Wheelchair-accessible cabs will be a reality * Half Of City's Taxi Fleet To Be Wheelchair Accessible Under Settlement(N* Thanks to Legal Tangles, You’ll See ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Tweets Before You See the Actual Cabs    (NYO) * \Tourist who lost leg in cab crash to sue city for $27.5M(NYP) * The taxi industry "owned Chris [Quinn]. Presumably they will try to own the next speaker," says \ * Taxi Of Tomorrow’s Fate Uncertain Even Though Some Have Already Hit Streets * Taxi honcho hit with huge penalty for ripping off drivers(NYP) * Gene Friedman and four of his cab companies face a $1.2 million penalty from the state for illegally overcharging drivers to lease medallions and cars and for imposing fines that violate Taxi and Limousine Commission rules * State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission Commissioner David Yassky write in the Daily News that government enforcement is needed to protect cab drivers from unscrupulous cab owners:* City yanks license from lewd cabby(NYP) * NYers shouldn’t complain about Uber’s price surge(NYP) * Cabbies worried about de Blasio reversing TLC gains * On Bloomberg’s way out the door, two more taxi suits(Capital)
 De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry He Aided ...(NYT)
Taxi, Livery Owners Help Fill Candidates' Coffers(WSJ) Cab, Livery Owners Help Fill Coffers of Favorite Candidates
Bloomberg Move Exploits Taxi Industry's Short Reach - NYTimes.com


TAXI LOBBYIST STOP ALL REFORMS AT THE COUNCIL



Taxi Lobbyist Control of the Election Process Becomes Extortion


When councilmembers from the outer boroughs vote against providing more taxi services to their members it is no long normal politics.  When councilmembers from Manhattan do not put pressure on the taxi industry to change have they all go off shift at 4PM, who are they helping.  The answer is they are helping the taxi industry. But Why?  Taxi lobbyists are a part of a small group of lobbyists who control who gets the money for reelection, higher office or who gets a well finance challenger against them at the next election. Instead of better service we get higher fares.  The Taxi lobbyist have so much power over the Council they don't even attempt to trade higher fares tor better service. Bloomberg who tries to provide better service with good ideas does not have what it takes to fight the council.The Taxi lobbyists have almost put the Pedi  (bike) taxis out of business.Pedi peeve: City to set limits.





More on NYC Taxis

New, Bigger and Bolder ‘T’ Logo Adorns a ‘Model Cab’ That Has an Uncertain Future   (NYT) When a few Taxis of Tomorrow finally hit the streets of New York in October, they came with a much bolder logo as large as the wheels of the cabs themselves.New York City resolved a major legal dispute, agreeing to settle a class-action lawsuit and adopt regulations that require half of all new medallion taxis put into service in any given year to be wheelchair accessible, The New York Times reports:* Under pressure, Bloomberg shifts on taxi accessibility | Capital New York   *Half of NYC taxis to be wheelchair accessible by 2020(NYP) * City Agrees on Access to Taxis for Disabled(NYT)

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Taxi  $1,000,000


$1 Million Medallions Stifling the Dreams of Cabdrivers(NYT)
New York City auctioned off 200 new medallions, permits to operate a yellow cab, for more than $200 million.* Taxi Auction Bids Reach Record Levels(WSJ)The first auction of New York City yellow cab medallions in five years fetched record prices on Thursday, officials said. At New York City’s first taxi medallion auction in over five years, the largest bid for a mini-fleet of two medallions exceeded $2.5 million, by far the highest ever recorded, with the average market price around $1 million. *Taxi medallion prices hit record(NYP Ed)



De Blasio Camp Embraces Uber App–Even as Candidate Voices Concerns(NYP) Bill de Blasio isn’t sold on the benefits of hailing cabs via e-hail phone apps like Uber–but that hasn’t stopped his campaign from spending more than $1,000 dollars ferrying staffers using the service.
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Taxi Tests
10/3/2013
'The test is always getting harder': Just 53% of city's would-be yellow cab drivers pass taxi exam — down from 80% rate in the '90s(NYDN)
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: British woman who lost leg in NYC taxi horror meets the hero plumber who saved her in emotional 'Dr. Oz' reunion(NYDN)







City Council Paralyzed by Taxi Lobbyist $$$ Bloomberg Tries Albany
Council Bypass

 Drivers and owners from all sides of the industry are outrage

 Just In: Cab Drivers, City Officials Reach Deal To Allow For Outer Borough Taxis (NY1)

30,000 permits for street hails in outer boroughs Bloomberg, Bypassing City Council, Asks Legislature to Allow Street Hails of Livery Cabs(NYT) * A Deal to Put More Taxis in Boroughs(WSJ) * Taxi Deal: Bloomberg puts a bill through Albany; critic says it’s “life and death for the yellow taxi industry.” *  Yellow Cab Drivers To Protest Livery Use(Fox 5) * Taxi protest planned after Bloomy skirts City Council(WABC) * Cab drivers rallied against a bill proposed in Albany by the Bloomberg administration that would let some livery drivers pick up passengers in the outer boroughs and north of Central Park.

Taxi''s Regulations  are Run by the Courts Not City Hall
Court OKs NYC’s test of ‘e-hailing’ taxis(NYP)






City Steers New Taxi Option Proposal Would Create Livery-Cab Stands to Boost Service Outside Manhattan (WSJ)

 

 

 

 

Real Money Cab

TAXI INDUSTRY SEEKS FRIEND — Who’s in the running for de Blasio’s T.L.C commissioner? — Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: After delivering more than $350,000 to de Blasio’s campaign, people in the industry are floating names to replace TLC Commissioner David Yassky. The Greater New York Taxi Association, which has opposed both the borough taxi and Taxi of Tomorrow programs, is said to be pushing its own attorney Fidel del Valle. And the Livery Roundtable,which opposes Bloomberg's borough taxis and is said to be floating the name of Nora Marino. Will the mayor-elect give them the commissioner they want?


Taxi Lobbyist Control of the Election Process Becomes Extortion


When councilmembers from the outer boroughs vote against providing more taxi services to their members it is no long normal politics.  When councilmembers from Manhattan do not put pressure on the taxi industry to change have they all go off shift at 4PM, who are they helping.  The answer is they are helping the taxi industry. But Why?  Taxi lobbyists are a part of a small group of lobbyists who control who gets the money for reelection, higher office or who gets a well finance challenger against them at the next election. Instead of better service we get higher fares.  The Taxi lobbyist have so much power over the Council they don't even attempt to trade higher fares tor better service. Bloomberg who tries to provide better service with good ideas does not have what it takes to fight the council.The Taxi lobbyists have almost put the Pedi  (bike) taxis out of business.Pedi peeve: City to set limits.


 NYC Taxi Drivers Want Pay Raise, So Fare Hike Possible (WCBS) * Cab drivers ask for 15-percent hike in fares to combat rising gas prices (NYP)As Workers Go Off Duty, So Do Cabbies. How Odd. - New York TimesTaxi drivers, beware! Mayor Bloomberg to crack down on cabbies who refuse outerborough faresCity Shelves a Plan to Legalize Hailing Livery Cabs (NYT) * Taxi drivers to outerborough fares: Take a hike | Crain's New York ... * Outer Boroughs Get No Cab Love in Livery Plan Letdown(Village Voice) * Assemblyman Micah Kellner and TLC Commissioner David Yassky squared off on Facebook over the taxi of tomorrow.


Albany and the City Council Sides With the Taxi Lobbyists Not Outer Boroughs

Taxi and Livery Lobbyists Use Albany and the City Council to Block More Cab Service to the Outer Boroughs

When Albany tell the mayor you can not create new outer boroughs taxis, you get to see how lobbyist control policy in this state even when it inconvenient to the state's residents.  Councilmembers from Manhattan are so afraid of the power of the taxi lobbyists over the election process the refuse to put pressure on the taxi industry to change how they all go off shift at 4PM, who are they helping? Not their constituents. 

Protest At City Hall
New Taxi Plan Hits Resistance  Bloomberg's plan to expand taxi service outside Manhattan has run into opposition in Albany, sending city officials scrambling to come up with a compromise before lawmakers leave town later this month. (WSJ) * Wheels are falling off Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky's effort to improve cab service Dispatching by radio the city's 231 yellow cabs that can accommodate wheelchairs to meet the requirement of the Americans with Disability Act (NYDN Ed) *  Livery Cab Owners to Protest Mayor's Medallion Plan More than a thousand livery base owners and cab drivers plan to stage a citywide protest Monday. Mayor Bloomberg has a proposal that will force these cabbies to buy pricey medallions in order to legally pick up street hails.  (NBC) * * Livery Cab Drivers Rally Against Plan For Outer Borough Taxis(NY1)



Taxi Wars de Blasio vs Yassky vs Wolfson vs Kellner vs 
‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ able to stop smells(NYP) Including an odor-killing system that could help riders escape any obnoxious scents.* Lemon yellow taxis(NYDN Ed)The “Taxi of Tomorrow” will be a rolling violation when it hits the streets next month and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is right to go after the Bloomberg administration for failing to require that cab vans are handicap accessible. *  Backstory to this: de Blasio and Yassky really don't like each other.(NY Mag)* David Yassky responds to Bill de Blasio's ill wishes. [Dana Rubinstein] * Bill de Blasio vows he’d fire Taxi & Limousine Commissioner David Yassky(NYDN)



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Judge No Tomorrow Taxi

Let the market, not government, pick new taxi(NYP Ed)


Judge Blocks New York City Plan for ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’(NYT)
A judge said that New York City had exceeded its authority by requiring cab operators to buy the NV200, the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow.A state Supreme Court judge blocked the Bloomberg administration’s Taxi of Tomorrow plan, saying the Taxi and Limousine Commission exceeded its authority by requiring nearly all yellow taxi operators to purchase the same vehicle, the Times reports * Taxi of Tomorrow Rejected by Court(WSJ) A state court on Tuesday rejected Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Taxi of Tomorrow program as an overreach of executive authority, potentially dooming a project to create a virtually uniform taxi fleet for the city.* A state judge blocked the city from requiring taxi owners to purchase a Nissan NV200 — the Taxi of Tomorrow — and City Hall aides there may not be enough time left in the mayor's tenure to successfully appeal. [Matt Flegenheimer] *Future Look of City’s Cab Fleet Uncertain(NYT)
* Soooo yesterday! (NYDN Ed) The Taxi of Tomorrow is soooo yesterday. By ruling that Mayor Bloomberg exceeded his authority in ordering all new cabs to be a single model of Nissan van, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler has, for all intents and purposes, ended this administration’s misadventures in deciding who will drive what cabs where and for whom.* Yassky: Borough taxis, like bike lanes, are here to stay 

City and State Loser of the Week David Yassky – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Yassky just can’t seem to get their plan for a uniform fleet of taxis off the ground. First, Comptroller John Liu twice rejected the city’s contract with Nissan, the maker of the taxi model, on largely symbolic grounds. Then this week, a state Supreme Court judge ruled that the city exceeded its authority in requiring that nearly all yellow taxi operators purchase the same vehicle. At this rate, with a new mayor coming in, the plan may not ever get off the ground. We’re guessing when they dubbed the plan “Taxi of Tomorrow”, they meant tomorrow as in the future, not “at some point after numerous court challenges.”


Bogus-toll cabbie off streets for good(NYP)








de Blasio Still After Uber
Uber pushes back on de Blasio's remark that app should 'pay appropriate taxes' — insists its cars pay four times what yellow cabs do to aid MTA(NYDN)In a letter addressed to de Blasio, Uber responds to the mayor’s claim that it does not pay enough in taxes and contends, on average, it sends more per ride to mass transit than traditional taxis * Why Uber is to blame for yellow cabs clogging street parking (NYP) * Rise of Uber costing MTA dearly (NYP) The surge in Uber ridership has cost the MTA $1 million — since only metered cabs collect the agency-dedicated 50 cent surcharge, according to a new study. The MTA’s cut fell from $88 million in 2011 to $87 million in 2015, according to the Citizen Budget Commission, which released the study on Wednesday morning. The organization recommended that the state direct taxes collected from Uber and other for-hire cars specifically to the MTA to cover the agency’s shortfall. * Sales tax from Uber could help fix MTA budget gap, commission says (NYDN) * Yellow cabs vs. Uber: Tale of the tax tape (NYDN) Taxi of Tomorrow Becomes City’s Yellow Cab Standard (NYP) On Tuesday, the Nissan NV200, known as the Taxi of Tomorrow, becomes the city’s yellow cab standard.


Uber Drivers Strike Unrest
Uber Drivers StrikeAgainst The "Policies Of Impoverishment" (Gothamist) Over 100 Uber drivers protested outside the company’s Long Island City offices on Monday afternoon, in reaction to Uber's Friday decision to slash UberX fares by 15% city-wide. The drivers were aiming to kick off a 72-hour strike against the company, and trying to get their voices heard by a company which considers their drivers as “partners,” but not employees. “They cut the cost of their service, and they didn’t even ask us,” said Tenzin Wangchuk, a Woodside resident who has been driving for Uber for six months, after switching over from a yellow cab. “The cost is being reduced from us, not from the company. If they wanted to do a discount that they would pay for, fine by us. But they’re asking us to lose out on a huge part of our fare.”* Uber drivers in New York City called today for a strike to protest the company’s decision to cut fares by 15 percent, as drivers rallied at the ride-sharing app’s New York headquarters. * Uber drivers gathered near its New York City headquarters and demanded the e-hailing service restore its prices, while the company released data it said proved the 15 percent average cut per ride ultimately benefited drivers, the Times reports:  * Lyft drops fare prices to keep pace with Uber (NYP) * Uber drivers get testy on second day of strike (NYP) *  Uber and Lyft’s decision to lower prices to attract passengers has caught the attention of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, who said the agency will hear from aggrieved drivers about fares and income, theDaily News reports:  * In a fight fracturing labor groups, the New York City Central Labor Council is teaming up with one member union against another to stymie de Blasio's plan to limit the operation of pedicabs in Central Park,Politico New Yorkreports:  * Some Uber drivers are beginning to band together in search of leverage and to secure what they see as fairer treatment from the platforms that make the work possible.

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