Judge Pauses Bloomberg's "Livery Cab" Plan, Outer Boroughs Must Suffer
Contrary to popular belief, there are people that live outside of Manhattan. The hustle and bustle of New York City is not limited to one island; actually, almost 80 percent of New Yorkers live in the outer boroughs (probably because they cannot afford its real estate horrors).
There is a tiny loophole in the city-state politk. If you cannot get a proposal passed in the City Council of New York, you can circumvent their authority and take your case to Albany, where the state government decides the fate of the City miles south of them. It's called the 'home rule provision' and that's exactly what Bloomberg used.
"This court has trouble seeing how the provision of taxi service in New York City is a matter that can be wrenched from the hands of city government, where it has resided for some 75 years, and handed over to the state."
Bloomberg and his officials are not taking kindly to the decision; the Hozziner straight up called it "stupid" and argued that the home rule provision holds "contempt for the public." The office of Michael Cordozo, the City's Corporation counsel, is now seeking appellate options so not all hope is lost for those waiting for a taxi to pick them up on Broadway in Queens at 3 in the morning.
The Mayor has your back, outer borough explorer!
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