It was only in March when one blog’s joyfully shouted the headline: Good News Taxi Riders! No Fare Hikes Planned For This Year. “Only” because, not three months later did Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky deem a request for a taxi fare hike from cabbies and cab-owners as “reasonable.”
And now, here we stand four months later, as a fare hike is approved. And not a small one, either.
Taxi Commissioner David Yassky and Assemblyman Micah Kellner mix it up, on Facebook.
Kellner chided the city’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” for being “the delivery van of yesterday.”
Yassky – a bookish, former law school professor with a dry sense of humor – wrote “And can we please schedule Read More
On Friday, Nov. 20, Councilman Robert Jackson was exasperated.
The Harlem Democrat had put in a call to the chair of the Council’s Small Business Committee, David Yassky, asking for a vote on the Small Business Survival Act, a bill of Mr. Jackson’s that would regulate commercial rents.
“I told David today on the phone, Read More
Though he has only a few weeks left in office, City Councilman David Yassky has lost none of his enthusiasm. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, he parked a blue minivan on Kent Street in Williamsburg and bounded out, wearing a black suit and a black tie with green flowers, and no coat, although it was Read More
What an elected official does immediately after losing a primary is frequently a valuable clue as to what they plan to do in the future.
Case in point: Eric Gioia hammered away at Bill de Blasio for his ties to the Working Families Party, and ran several television Read More
Jerry Skurnik crunches the numbers and emails some interesting bits of analysis.
Bill de Blasio beat Mark Green pretty much everywhere.
“Two closest were 59 AD (Canarsie), where Thomas Jefferson Club supported Green and he lost 1,465 – 1,224 & 26 AD (Eastern Queens), where he lost 2,189-2,141,” Skurnik Read More
It’s easy to lump Bill de Blasio and John Liu into the same category: they’re both progressive Democrats who won their primaries with support from the Working Families Party.
But some of Liu's advisers are now taking pains to say that their victory was not attributable to the W.F.P.'s help. (There is an obvious Read More
The Working Families Party cleaned up in the run-off last night, with its candidates Bill de Blasio and John Liu each winning handily.
The party only has 11,800 registered voters in New York, but it’s been able to craft an oversized role thanks to an effective, if controversial, Get Out The Read More
At 9 p.m. last night, just as the polls were closing and the city’s weary poll workers roused from their slumber to head back home, someone popped out of the BLVD club on Bowery and hung a David Yassky for Comptroller sign on the door.
BLVD was the sight of Yassky’s would-be victory party, but Read More
The primary and run-off are now history, and with that we can now start to talk about the mayor’s race—in 2013.
I know, I know, we’ve got one coming up in five weeks and Michael Bloomberg, for all his money and inevitability, has hardly been lighting the world on fire with his poll Read More