I'm a cabbie and I think this rule is absurd. Cabbies are required to pick up anyone who hails them. So I'm gonna say "Sorry, I can't take you to
Fernando Mateo is not a "union boss" or a union anything. Cabbies are not in any union but Fernando likes to call press conferences and he gets quoted by the lazy slut media as some sort of taxi industry big shot.
Brooklyn. You look like a prostitute." This one is sure to end up in somebody's court room and I hope Bloomberg is still mayor when it does.
It’s a ‘trick’ question
Last Updated: 7:39 AM, June 15, 2012
Posted: 2:17 AM, June 15, 2012
They’re not hookers — they just look as if they could be!
A dozen scantily clad women rallied outside City Hall yesterday, decrying a bill they say prevents beauties wearing skimpy clothes from getting a fair shot at hailing a yellow cab.
The proposal, which will soon get Mayor Bloomberg’s signature, slaps stiff penalties on cabbies who ferry prostitutes and get a cut of the cash.
But yesterday’s collection of bartenders and shot girls said that hacks will now be scared to pick up any woman wearing a short skirt or spiked heels — and noted that sometimes, even legitimately employed women have to flaunt it to make a living.
“They don’t even know who is a prostitute or not!” said Diana Estrada, 27, a Sofrito bartender wearing a cleavage-baring spaghetti-strap dress.
“You don’t have a shirt on that tells if you’re a prostitute or not.”
She frequently takes cabs home to Astoria after leaving late shifts, and she’s concerned taxi drivers will pass her by, since she wears short-shorts or miniskirts.
Currently, the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission has the authority to strip drivers of their licenses if they knowingly partake in sex trafficking.
But the new bill — which the City Council unanimously passed Wednesday — would require the TLC to both strip a driver’s license and slap them with a $10,000 penalty if he’s previously been convicted of sex trafficking.
On a first offense, a driver goes to a city hearing, where his license could be revoked.
The proposal could make cops more willing to arrest drivers who are innocent, said taxi-union boss Fernando Mateo.
“I will challenge any one of you to tell me which one of [these women] you would consider to be a prostitute,” he said yesterday. “They’re all sexy.”
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2- Bloomberg's much heralded and touted taxi plan is probably going to be deep sixed by an ex-cabbie judge. It's refreshing actually that someone who might remember what driving a taxi is and feels like might get to make a decision about the taxi industry. "It seems to me" or "Well, I don't see why..." are not knowledge and information. Now Mike has been counting on a billion dollars from this plan which is going to be deep sixed anyhow since the Governor's dad is in the taxi medallion financing business and they are not about to finance this disaster. Governor Cuomo apparently was jerking Mikey around.
Taxi Bill Has Potential Foe in Cuomo. Mario Cuomo.By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
Updated 6:05 p.m. | The New York taxi industry has struggled to find support in Albany as it tries to block a Bloomberg administration plan that would make it easier for livery cabs to pick up passengers outside crowded parts of Manhattan.
But the industry can count one potentially powerful ally in the Capitol: Mario M. Cuomo, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’sfather.
Former Governor Cuomo is a longtime board member atMedallion Financial, one of the industry’s most powerful companies. The company is a prime opponent of the bill — and a generous supporter of Andrew Cuomo’s political career.
Governor Cuomo and his office have yet to publicly state a position on the proposal, which easily passed the Assembly but has been held up in the Senate. If the bill lands on his desk for a signature, the governor may be in an awkward spot that could raise conflict-of-interest issues.
Last year, Medallion Financial, which has a financial stake in thousands of the city’s taxicabs, donated at least $49,000 to Andrew Cuomo’s campaign for governor. Previously, the company and its president had donated $37,000 to Mr. Cuomo’s bids for attorney general.
Josh Vlasto, a spokesman for the governor, denied that there would be any conflict of interest if the bill came to the governor’s desk. He said Mario Cuomo’s position was “irrelevant and would have no bearing on the governor’s decision.”
“We’re reviewing the bill, and the governor has been focused on closing down the key issues of his agenda with the legislative leaders,” Mr. Vlasto said.
It remained unclear on Wednesday night whether the Senate would take up the bill, which is still the subject of long negotiations among the mayor’s office, the Senate leadership and industry representatives.
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Martin J. Golden, Republican of Brooklyn, said, “The concerns expressed by the medallion owners and liveries as well as those who provide the financing will need to be part of any agreement.”
One sticking point is the potential boundaries of the territory in Manhattan where livery cabs would be allowed to make street pickups. The original bill said anywhere above East 96th Street and West 110th Street in Manhattan would be fair ground for liveries that had obtained a $1,500 permit to stop for a hailing passenger.
Far fewer yellow cabs make pickups in Upper Manhattan than other parts of the island, but some fleet owners want the dividing line to be farther north. One suggestion floated on Wednesday was 168th Street, which would essentially allow yellow cabs to maintain their dominance in all neighborhoods below Washington Heights.
Many big yellow taxi fleets bitterly oppose the plan, arguing the change would eat into their lucrative business.
Medallion Financial, whose Madison Avenue office sits one floor above the Rockefeller Family Fund, primarily lends money for the purchase of New York taxi medallions; it says it has $1 billion in assets. The company’s board of directors also includes Hank Aaron, the Hall of Fame baseball player, and Lowell P. Weicker Jr., the former governor and senator from Connecticut.
The company’s president, Andrew Murstein, has been on the phone with legislators for the last few days, trying to sway them against the mayor’s plan, which passed the Assembly easily on Tuesday. Mr. Murstein declined to comment for this article.
Mario Cuomo joined the company’s board in 1996, shortly after he left public life; his daughter Madeline Cuomo was doing legal work for Medallion Financial at the time. Mr. Cuomo receives about $53,000 a year in compensation from the company.
It was unclear whether Mr. Cuomo had joined his company’s efforts to stop the bill. An assistant to the former governor did not respond to several questions about his involvement, writing only that Mr. Cuomo had spent the last few days working on the mediation talks between the Wilpon family, owners of the New York Mets, and Irving H. Picard, the trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
One person familiar with the former governor’s thinking said Mr. Cuomo was hopeful that the taxi legislation would not reach a point where it would pose a conflict of interest. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to strain a relationship with Mr. Cuomo.
In a company biography, Mr. Cuomo is described as bringing “valuable skills to the board of directors that he acquired through his extensive career in the public sector, such as his expertise in the areas of government relations and external affairs.”