Assembly Sending Livery Bill to Cuomo, Lasher Weighs in
December 7th, 2011
Last session the Senate and Assembly passed a bill that would allow livery drivers to pick up fares in the outer boroughs. Gov. Cuomo said the bill needed changes and would not sign it. An amendment was apparently in the works today but it was not sent to the legislature and now the Assembly plans to send the bill to Cuomo as is–forcing him to sign it, or veto it. You can find more detail on the story here.
Micah Lasher, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s director of legislative affairs issued this statement on the matter:
“In June, the State Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill to provide safe and legal taxi service to residents of all five boroughs and generate $1 billion in badly needed revenue for New York City. We understand that bill, which stands on its own, is being sent to Governor Cuomo on Friday.
“Over the last six months, the Governor has repeatedly expressed support for the goals of the legislation and also said he wanted to make certain changes in the form of a chapter amendment. He and his staff were finalizing an amendment this morning, but it was never sent to the Legislature. While the Mayor, along with legislative leaders, was prepared to support that amendment, it is not necessary to achieve the goals of the legislation.
“Over the next ten days, we are available to discuss any questions or concerns the Governor has, and strongly urge him to sign this historic legislation.”By David King on December 7, 2011, 7:09 pm
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