Bloomberg threatens taxi czar
According to New York Post exclusive, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had some choice words for Taxi Management CEO Gene Friedman at last week’s Knicks playoff at Madison Square Garden.
Friedman reportedly approached the mayor and inquired after “what is going on with the Taxi of Tomorrow,” the mayor’s proposed taxi-replacement that was shot down by a judge the day before.
The mayor reportedly responded, “Come January 1st, when I am out of office, I am going to destroy your f———ing industry.”
Friedman told the Post he tried to calm the mayor and asked, “Why can I sit down with you and figure out something that works?”
The mayor, reportedly with his face red and his jaw clenched, replied, “After January, I am going to destroy all you f———ing guys.”
As he and a friend walked away, Friedman told the Post he asked his friend, “Did the mayor just threaten me?”
To which his friend reportedly replied, “No, he threatened you twice.”
The mayor told the Post that all he remembered from the night was that “it was a great game.”
Taxi of Tomorrow was Bloomberg’s plan to replace the entire yellow cab system with a more spacious Nissan. Nissan won the right to design the car in an open competition.
The taxi industry challenged the plan in court, and state Supreme Court Judge Peter Moulton recently ruled that Taxi of Tomorrow could not stand because it violated a hybrid-cab option for garage owners.
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