Addabbo Explains Vote on Livery Bill
June 28th, 2011
Sen. Joseph Addabbo issued a statement today to explain his vote against the livery bill supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The bill that was passed by the Assembly and Senate will create a new class of livery cabs that will be available to commuters in certain busy areas of boroughs outside of Manhattan. There was heavy lobbying on both sides of the issue–with yellow cab drivers who were against the legislation surrounding the Capitol with their cabs and livery drivers who spent hours debating legislators in the halls. The bill was the last piece of legislation voted on before the same-sex marriage bill. Here is Addabbo’s explanation:
“My reasoning for voting against Mayor Bloomberg’s Taxi Plan bill (S.5825) is twofold. First, this matter should have been decided or negotiated with the NYC Council. Many state lawmakers, like myself, believe the State Legislature was being used to circumvent the usual City government legislative process pertaining to these types of matters. Second, this bill would not truly benefit my residents and certainly would hurt the livery cab industry much more than helping the yellow cab companies.
I believe that this bill will minimize the value of existing taxi cab medallions by allowing the City to sell 1500 additional medallions to the pubic and would force the livery companies to purchase hail privilege permits for $1,500 to remain competitive with the taxi cabs. I agree with the constituents and businesses that have reached out to me, that this plan did not help them and, therefore, did not merit my support. I also believe that a more appropriate plan can be negotiated in a more transparent and fair manner between the Mayor’s Office and industry representatives to better serve the residents of my district and throughout the city.”By David King on June 28, 2011, 12:46 pm
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