David Yassky

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    How Some Illegal Taxi Drivers Are Fighting Back Against the Green Cab Program

    It was a busy night, two days before Christmas, and the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant were packed with shoppers. So Emmanuel* was out later than usual. He had just picked up one last fare from his corner in Bed-Stuy, which was usually a safe zone, but moments later he was pulled over by a Ford Econo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Will de Blasio Scrap the New Outer Borough Taxi Cab System?

    You're walking down the street, and you pass a cab. Nothing out of the ordinary, it seems, except instead of the traditional yellow the cab is painted a sickly neon green. You rub your eyes. Yup, still green. That's because you've just happened upon an Outer Borough Taxi, one of more than 1,000 alre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    TLC Seeks Proposals For Taxi Payment App

    The days of having to carry around cash in order to take cabs are so long gone. Now, in addition to taxi's ubiquitous credit card machines, the Taxi & Limousine Commission is soliciting proposals for an app that will allow people to pay for their ride on their smartphone. It's just the next step in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    The Taxi and Limousine Commission Has Turned Into Your Mother

    Upset or perhaps personally just really offended that a majority -- 65 percent! -- of yellow cab passengers are not doing the barest minimum to keep themselves safe, and did we really raise you this way, I don't think so, put your goddamn seatbelt on when you're riding in a cab, you don't know how t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    TLC Sting Operation Proves Cabbies Still Don't Want to Go to Brooklyn

    In the latest sting operation against the dreaded "cabbies who won't go to Brooklyn," the TLC hired college students for $10 an hour to pose as regular old taxi riders and hail cabs with a request to go to the outer boroughs. Since September, 1,330 cabs have been hailed, and 361 refused to take the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    How to React When Someone Steals Your Cab

    ​Today the wise bloggers over at Daily Intel have attempted to answer a New York City etiquette question for the ages: What is a fair amount of space between the honorable person who is already there hailing a cab, and the jerkish-or-oblivious person (who, if going into labor or needing immedi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Taxi TV to Change Because People Hate Taxi TV

    ​Televisions in the backseats of New York City cabs are about to change, the Times reports. (For those of you bemoaning the lack of progress humanity has made, read that sentence aloud to someone in 1980 and watch them flip their shit.) A survey of taxi passengers came out Thursday, and 31 per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Squeaky Clean and Suave Cab Drivers Coming to New York

    Acceptable outfit?​Yesterday the Taxi and Limousine Commission changed some of its policies for taxi drivers to make your ride a little more sexy. Taxi Drivers must now comply with a dress code that says they must wear clothes with a "professional appearance." According to the New York Times, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Dear Rest-of-America: New York's Cabbies Are Not The Rudest, You Are Just All Ignorant Pussies

    ​DNA News posted today on a recent survey calling New York City's taxis the second-best in the world next to London's Black Cabs. They also called the drivers of New York's taxis "America's Rudest," with Paris coming in second place. To which New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Taxi and Limousine Commission Cracks Down on Nickel and Diming Cabbies Just in Time for Friday Night Rush

    ​Today the Taxi and Limousine Commission announced that they'll attempt to revoke the licenses of 633 drivers who did the dastardly, unforgivable deed of routinely overcharging their customers, costing those poor, innocent taxi riders $1.1 million en toto. (Which, just for comparison's sake, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Yassky Gets Top Taxi Job

    As has been speculated, former city council member and recent unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic comptroller nomination David Yassky will serve as the new Commissioner of the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Yassky served on the council's transportation committee, which was chaired by John Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    David Yassky Reportedly Up for Taxi Commissioner Job (Updated)

    Mayor Bloomberg announced today that Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus is stepping down from his job. Guess who's being considered for the job? David Yassky, the former city councilmember who lost last year's primary for the Democratic nomination for comptroller (which was won by John Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Broadway Triangle Rezoning Blocked

    On Monday the city council approved a rezoning plan for the Broadway Triangle in North Brooklyn that would move out several small manufacturing businesses to make way for affordable housing units. Yesterday a judge blocked the plan over the objections of the district's councilman, David Yassky, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Council Approves Broadway Triangle Rezoning

    Much has been made of the city council's recent triple override of Mayor Bloomberg: They've answered his vetoes with second votes overruling him on the Kingsbridge Armory mall, the five-minute parking grace, and an expansion of clergy parking privileges. But yesterday they gave him the Broadway Tri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    City Closer to Lifting Beekeeping Ban

    Bees: good for rooftops.​Someone at the Board of Health must have gotten a taste of honey: one year after council man David Yassky introduced a bill legalizing beekeeping in the city, the Board has proposed lifting the ban.

  • Columns

    September 22, 2009

    City Council Representative Yassky's Zigzag Path to the Runoff

    A credibility gap for Comptroller wannabes

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Ha, ha, ha. The sweet release of death is a week closer. In the afterlife we can forget all about Kanye and all these ridiculous (but highly amusing) tributes. New York had a big Primary Day -- or, judging by turnout, a dinky one. Our hero Tony Avella went down to defeat. The heavily fund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Barrett: Yassky Meets His Endorser

    ​David Yassky, the Brooklyn councilman running for comptroller in the September 29 runoff, was greeting voters at the 72nd Street subway stop last night, standing on that island in the middle of Broadway. It was getting close to 7 p.m. and the rush hour crowd had shrunk to a handful. I told hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    How'd Yassky Do It? Maybe His Family's Campaigning. (Or the Times Endorsement.)

    By Aaron Howell. The day after the primary, it's hard to pinpoint the deciding factor in David Yassky's strong finish in the comptroller's race, which forced a runoff with John Liu. (In its last-minute poll, SurveyUSA showed Yassky at 22 percent -- virtually tied with Melinda Katz, and well behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Primary Culler: Comptroller's Race Fluid, But Liu Grabs a Lead

    ​The city comptroller race is tight: the lead's been changing a lot, and a poll earlier this month showed Melinda Katz, David Yassky and John Liu covering a five-point spread. The most recent survey shows Liu grabbing a huge lead. David Weprin trails, but even after substantial coverage and $1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Candidates Make Last Push As Primary Looms

    ​ It's Primary Day. The candidates have been scrambling to make last minute subway pitches, spend their final dollars on radio and television ads, and send volunteers to push campaign literature in people's faces. So what does New York -- a city where so many people appear detached from local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Primary Results: Vance In; Comptroller and P.A. Go to Runoffs; Council Incumbents Suffer; Rose Romps in Staten Island

    Primary Day led to expected results, for the most part. For the Democratic mayoral nomination, Thompson romped, 70 to 21 percent, over Tony Avella. (Also someone named Roland Rogers got eight percent. Clearly a name to watch!) With no comptroller candidate making the 40 percent mark, John Liu and Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Endorsement Fever! Thompson Gets a Paper, Aborn Gets Gay City, Skaller Gets Animal Activists

    ​September? How'd that happen? The local political endorsements are flying thick and fast, as are emails from operatives desiring they be publicized. Today Bill Thompson got his first newspaper endorsement -- from the Amsterdam News. Ha! Bloomberg's got two dozen of those, and the Voice is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Campaign Finance Board Doles Out Matching Funds, Updates on Scandal (Updated)

    The city's non-profit Campaign Finance Board has said it will dole out just over half a million dollars in matching funds to 42 candidates tomorrow morning -- the second-to-last financial package the candidates will receive before the September 15 primary election. Set to take in some of the large ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 1, 2009

    Power Plays by Party Boss Vito Lopez

    The Lord of Brooklyn, a Democratic powerbroker who is flexing his political muscles these days like a gym rat pumping the free weights

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Katz Takes Lead in Comptroller's Race

    We told you it was a bad idea to underestimate Melinda Katz. The latest WABC poll shows that she has taken the lead in the city comptroller's race over nearest competitor John Liu, 27 percent to 21 percent. And this time she's ahead of "Undecided," too. David Yassky, despite the Times' endorsement, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    On the Stump: Citywide Candidates' Latest Doings

    ​Damn, August already -- and we haven't paid our rent or looked at the local candidates much besides the mayoral prospects. Here's a fast look at what contenders for three big spots have been up to lately: Manhattan D.A.: Richard Aborn appeared with former NYPD Commissioner and current LAPD C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Bikes in Buildings Bill Blocked; Cycle Supporters Turn Up Heat

    The Bicycle Access to Buildings Bill has been cooking in the city council for a while; last September councilmember David Yassky and his comrades at Transportation Alternatives were confident of quick (well, quick for government) passage of the bill, which would require commercial property owners to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    We know how you feel, kid. Via Craftser via urlesque. We suspect Obama got that Iranian-American reporter released, and he's certainly trying to help refugees and rescue us from financial criminals. But does he get credit? No -- because he he laughed at Wanda Sykes, just like all the newly-reclas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    City Money Made EZ: Yassky Web Site Offers Answers

    Here's an early and useful dividend from the four-way race for the Democratic nomination for city comptroller: Candidate David Yassky, the Brooklyn city councilman who's been eager for an electoral promotion for several years now, today released his own Web site of city budget info. Yassky calls his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Candidates for Council, Comptroller, DA Pitch at VID

    Democratic candidates for city council seats in districts 1, 2, and 3, district attorney, and comptroller came to the Village Independent Democrats last night to make their cases, under strict time limits and with screened questioning, for the venerable club's endorsement. In District 1: Pete Gle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Hats In The Ring: Vance for D.A., Liu for Comptroller

    A couple of candidates for local office are stepping up this week: Cyrus Vance Jr. -- aka Cy Vance -- is announcing for Manhattan D.A. at City Hall as we write. He is expected to face Dan Castleman and Lesley Crocker Snyder, who starts the battle early by telling the Post, "While I was in New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    City Payroll Search Tool Offers Hours of Depressing Fun

    Ever ahead of the curve, Runnin' Scared told you about the public information site in August. Now the site's public-employee-salary search apparatus has been updated to include New York City government drones, which is getting major play in the press, and if there's anything we like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Yassky, Other Brooklyn Pols Cave on Billburg Bike Lanes (Updated)

    Councilmember David Yassky -- last seen in these parts giving in to Mayor Bloomberg's term limits overthrow -- has been a city bike enthusiast in the past. He's a sponsor of the Bikes in Buildings council bill that would mandate parking in workplaces and looks to be on its way to passage. But now t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Yassky Defends Bike Lane Letter; TransAlt Says He "Should Know Better"

    David Yassky's office called to explain the Councilman's stand on south Williamsburg bike lanes, one of which Yassky and others recently asked the DOT to remove. Communications Director Jake Maguire reiterated Yassky's commitment to a bike-friendly Billburg, but says the way the DOT installed lane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Pols Suggest MTA Deal Land for $; Still Seeks Missing Report

    Councilmembers Eric Gioia and David Yassky held a press conference yesterday to suggest the MTA could save some money -- which it desperately needs -- by better managing some of its real estate, specifically its Madison Avenue headquarters and a "largely vacant" building on Jay Street that it leases ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008
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    October 28, 2008

    Yassky Defends Term Limits Vote; Bloggers Cry "Chickenshit"

    Councilmember David Yassky -- who pushed for a referendum amendment to the recent term limits overturn bill, but after the amendment's defeat voted for the bill anyway -- sent out an explanation for his vote, which we found at the Gowanus Lounge. Though Yassky's "initial reaction to the Mayor’s pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    Bill Opening Workplaces to Bikes is a Lock, Says Sponsor

    It may seem like it's all Clinton Global Initiative here at Runnin' Scared, but we're also keenly interested in bicycles. Councilmember David Yassky says this time for sure he's going to get his "Bikes In Buildings" Bill passed in the City Council. The bill would require commercial property owners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008
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    December 13, 2007
  • News

    May 22, 2007

    On the Outs in Brooklyn

    The city's complicity behind the borough's soaring eviction rate

  • News

    August 29, 2006

    Brooklyn's Nasty Race Race

    Color and power collide in a historically black district

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2006

    Roaring Over Ratner

    If you showed up to last night's public hearing on Atlantic Yards looking for enlightment on the pros and cons of the mammoth, 22-acre, eight-million-square-foot, 60-stories-at-its-tallest development that Metrotech developer and New Jersey Nets owner Bruce Ratner has planned for the northern edge o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    Pricing the Pols: How Much for a Beep?

    It's likely that New York City might someday have a mayor who can't afford to turn down the $195,000 annual salary that municipal law awards for the job, which Mayor Bloomberg performs for only a dollar a year. Mayor Mike is clearly under-compensated. The question is: Would his full-salaried success ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2005

    Foul Play

    Raw sewage continues to pour into the city's waterways

  • News

    March 23, 2004

    The Other Black Sea

    Seeping into the harbor, the city's oldest oil spill nears court action

  • NYC Life

    April 22, 2003
  • News

    October 2, 2001

    Still Counting

    The Big Term-Limits Primary Offers Some Surprises

  • News

    August 14, 2001

    The Court Street Regular

    Brooklyn Machine Wants One of Its Own Atop the New Council

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