Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio put their pre-K feud on hold to kick off another battle earlier this evening
The two paid a visit to Times Square to inaugurate the city’s Super Bowl Boulevard, a closed-off, 13-block stretch of Broadway dedicated to big game activities like a giant toboggan slide.
After six months of hard negotiations between Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and the Legislature, a deal was finally struck yesterday to bring more taxicabs to the outer boroughs and upper Manhattan.
The sale of the new medallion yellow cabs will inject a billion dollars into the city’s coffers. In addition, with 24,000 new cabs (eventually), it will now be possible to hail one in the outer boroughs. Sounds like a brilliant idea, so why were we stuck on the corner, trying to hail a deal for six months?
Well it seems those pesky ‘needs of the disabled’ cropped up… again. There was also the issue of disgruntled current taxi drivers, who now face competition with 18,000 “hailing” livery cabs.
Times like these should bring out the better instinct of our elected officials. Unfortunately, as we know, that’s not always the case. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill seem determined to shut down the federal government just to make a point. Some Democrats are demanding even higher taxes, especially on a group loosely defined as “rich.” Read More
Andrew Cuomo has an ambitious agenda ahead of him. He wants to change the culture of Albany, get the state’s finances in order, restore New York to its former greatness, reform pensions and benefits, talk sense to pork-hungry state legislators and, who knows, perhaps position himself for greater things to come.
That’s a pretty impressive Read More