Along with the usual Albany hurry-and-wait over an all but certain to pass overhaul of the s, tate’s tax program, the Capitol was abuzz today with conflicting reports over the status of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s street hail livery proposal.
Now the Bloomberg administration itself has weighed in with a statement that can be parsed to determine a little bit what went on behind the scenes.
Apparently the Bloomberg-backed bill to allow livery pick ups is being sent to the governor’s desk on Friday. The governor had apparently wanted to make some changes in the bill, and were sending those changes to the legislature, but those pulled back at the last moment.
The mayor’s team meanwhile is imploring Gov. Cuomo to take up the bill again.
The full statement from Micah Lasher, who is the director of the Bloomberg administration’s Albany office, is below:
“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.”