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General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 1-11-18 Now on Line
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:34:04 PM »

Mike and Abe
Talk about Access a Ride
Did Travis steal our money?
Crain's Article "Wishful Thinking"
And More

General Discussion / Mike and Abe 1-5-18 Now on Line
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:09:47 AM »

Mike and Abe
Talk about Apps in Taxis
Congestion Fix

General Discussion / Mike and Abe will Return Next Week
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:16:26 PM »
Show Postponed for Xmas will return next week

General Discussion / The Salem Plan
« on: December 20, 2017, 05:47:40 PM »
The Salem Plan - How to remonetize taxi medallions and maximize the utility of for hire vehicles"

General Discussion / Taxi Dave 12-17-17-Great News on Tonights show
« on: December 17, 2017, 09:45:49 PM »

Carolyn brings some great news to the show

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 12-17-17 Now on Line
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:04:56 PM »

Mike and Abe Talk about
WAV Drivers
Upcoming Medallion Auction

General Discussion / Mike and Abe are Back 12-13-17
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:03:47 AM »

Mike and Abe
Talk about Apps and Extra Yellows

General Discussion / Cash Cab
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:53:55 PM »
Just watched the return of Cash cab on The Discovery Channel. I wonder what the story is on why they revived this great show and great promotion for the Yellow Industry? They should have a few of these taxis out there. That would get a lot of attention!

Here is a photo of myself and Ben Baily the host of the show. This photo was taken in about 2008 at a TLC event I was invited to:

Click to enlarge.....

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 11-26-17 now on line
« on: November 26, 2017, 01:23:39 PM »

Mike and Abe Talk about
Uber Hack
How to make industry healthy
Seniority on Hack Licenses
and More

General Discussion / This Message Board-The Process of Contributing
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:43:00 PM »
To all those reading this board and not participating:

USE IT OR LOSE IT....................THE CHOICE IS YOURS..................ONE CLICK AND IT'S GONE

If you are not participating because of what you may think is difficult to register, the purpose of the registration process is for protecting from spammers, of such there are thousands. So, I, as administrator, must check out if you are one of them. You can first email me and tell me what your purpose is and I will have an easier time to approve you,  We need your input! We are not getting it form the hundreds of readers to this board, only a few have been doing so.

General Discussion / We need To Have the Apps on Taxi Doors
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:25:58 PM »
We Need to have the Taxi Apps on the Doors:

Look at this picture of a taxi in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. If this was on all  the NYC taxis everyone would know that NYC Taxis have apps

Click picture to enlarge

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 11-12-17 Now on Line
« on: November 12, 2017, 12:56:36 PM »

Mike and Abe
Talk about
The WAV Problems
The App problems
Medallion Owners Organizing

General Discussion / Rodriguez
« on: October 24, 2017, 07:18:28 PM »

General Discussion / The Truth Talks to Deaf Ears
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:53:47 PM »

Where is the Help?  What is this insanity all about? It's time for reality and the truth to be heard!

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 10-1-17 Now on Line
« on: October 01, 2017, 11:54:56 AM »

Carolyn, joins Mike and Abe to talk about TLC and City Council meeting this past week

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 9-24-17 Now on Line
« on: September 24, 2017, 12:51:02 PM »

Mike and Abe talk about CC Meeting scheduled for tomorrow Sept 25

General Discussion / I Received this email
« on: August 18, 2017, 09:07:39 PM »
Dear Counsel,

We started a petition to abolish the New York City Traffic Violations Bureau (NYC TVB.) A link to the petition is in the bottom of this email.

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As a member of the NYSBA Committee on Vehicle and Traffic Law I am attempting to get an opinion from the NYSBA on the issue.

If you have any questions about the differences between the TVB and other traffic courts, feel free to contact me.​​

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General Discussion / Can UBER ever compete with this?
« on: August 17, 2017, 05:20:54 PM »
look at these photos

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 8-13-17 Now on Line
« on: August 13, 2017, 01:18:11 PM »

Carolyn joins in at the half way mark to talk about Uber and their dire sistuation

General Discussion / Does any one remember
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:34:50 PM »
On the south east corner of E48th and Park Ave there was on the Plaza of an Office Building a statue of a man Hailing a Taxi. I think I stopped for him once around 2AM when the streets were empty and the fares were scarce. This was around 20 years ago, or more.

General Discussion / Lucius Riccio on PBS Channel 13 Tomorrow June 28
« on: June 27, 2017, 10:04:46 AM »
Louis Riccio, Former Transportation Commissioner and writer of the Crain's article linked below has asked me to inform everyone that he will be discussing this topic
"Three mistakes that snarled Manhattan traffic and caused the taxi crisis" on PBS Channel 13  tomorrow(June 28) at 6PM

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 6-25-17 Now on Line
« on: June 25, 2017, 01:07:29 PM »

Mike Abe and Carolyn this week

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 6-18-17 Now on Line
« on: June 18, 2017, 01:40:59 PM »

No Audio Problems this week

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 6-11-17 Now on Line
« on: June 11, 2017, 03:06:10 PM »

Please excuse that the audio is a little off time. The content of the show is still GREAT.I'm trying to figure out where the audio problem is....

General Discussion / City Council Meeting on Monday June 5.-Opinion?
« on: June 03, 2017, 08:07:05 PM »
On Monday June 5 a meeting is scheduled at the NYC Council. The question they will be discussing is traffic, what can be done to alleviate the over abundance of this evil? Well the answer to me is obvious, some one has to go. There are taxis that have been serving the public for over 100 years. There is private traffic that citizens are free to have. There are emergency vehicles, police, fire and ambulances. There are commercial vehicles that deliver goods and services. And, there are for hire vehicles that are taking advantage of society in every way possible. They overcharge the customers, cheat their own drivers and defy all rules and regulations that they don’t favor. Is there any question of what would be fair?

Any one care to comment?


*There is still an appeal pending for 2 years since 2015


I hope they have a lot more planned to level the playing field.
Get rid of the TNC cars that are unquestionably breaking rules
and give Medallion taxis the ability to favorably compete,
so we can somewhat restore the value of the assets they sold us.
If not, it will be plain that what has happened in the past
was planned and not in any way accidental!

General Discussion / Cuomos Uber Ride
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:18:11 PM »

How Many others have been working in NYC?  Notice the straight plate

General Discussion / They Snuck This into NYS TNC Law
« on: April 08, 2017, 04:25:40 PM »
6. (a) "TNC prearranged trip" or "trip" means the provision of  transportation  by  a  transportation  network  company driver to a passenger provided through the use of a TNC's digital network:
(i) beginning when a transportation network company driver  accepts  a passenger's request for a trip through a digital network controlled by a transportation network company;
(ii) continuing while the transportation network company driver transports the requesting passenger in a TNC vehicle; and
(iii)  ending  when the last requesting passenger departs from the TNC vehicle.

(b) The term "TNC prearranged trip" does  not  include  transportation provided through any of the following:
(i) shared expense carpool or vanpool arrangements, including those as defined in section one hundred fifty-eight-b of this chapter; and
(ii)  use  of  a  taxicab, livery, luxury limousine, or other for-hire vehicle, as defined in this chapter, section 19-502 of  the  administrative code of the city of New York, or as otherwise defined in local law.

General Discussion / What Went Wrong?-The Law is so Obvious
« on: April 02, 2017, 08:15:28 AM »
This was written 6/18/15- How could anyone anywhere disagree with what the NYWTA wrote in this notice?

General Discussion / About the Judge-Melrose case
« on: April 01, 2017, 09:09:41 AM »

Although this article is 6 years old: I received one comment:

Do you think she became more qualified over the last six years?   Her wife is involved in human rights and global justice.  She (the wife) is very concerned with Haitian issues (unless you're  a Haitian medallion owner).  They are both working at NYU, no friend of the taxi industry.

General Discussion / Cash Cab is Back
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:23:45 PM »

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show March 19 2017 now on line
« on: March 19, 2017, 03:02:25 PM »

Mike and Abe rebut NPR report on taxis

General Discussion / Photo : Is Uber Rep 'Hustling' at LGA ?!?!
« on: March 19, 2017, 07:25:17 AM »
See Photo... Is Uber Rep hustling at LGA ?!?! If so, his is illegal !!

General Discussion / From TLC
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:51:28 AM »
Sent March 15, 2017

We will be texting to taxi drivers later today but if you can spread the word.
‘There will be significant customers needing taxis at LGA Airport this Wednesday thru Friday. Peak demand time 10AM to 2PM and 4PM to 11PM’
They will also be messaging the taxis thru Fleetnet & VeriFone to use specific airport entrances off the GCP to get to the hold lots.

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show Feb 17, 2017 Now on Line
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:59:25 PM »

Mike and Abe Discuss
Possible invasion of Upstate UBER Cars

General Discussion / Action Alert-NYTWA
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:48:09 AM »
Click to enlarge Photo at bottom of this text

Action Alert: CALL Gov Cuomo & your NYS Senator today

Say: Delete Uber Greed from your legislative agenda. No special carve-out in state law for Uber!

Today, the New York State Senate is considering a bill to deregulate taxi services so that Uber can dispatch to private non-professional motorists in their personal vehicles. Governor Cuomo has introduced his own bill that would do the same.

Both Uber deregulation bills would:

Destroy full-time jobs for drivers and wipe out a profession that is overwhelmingly held by immigrants and people of color, including 300 majority Black immigrant professional drivers in Rochester, New York, pushing drivers deeper into poverty
Sanction unequal access to taxi services for people with disabilities by failing to include any wheelchair accessibility mandates
Undermine passenger safety and other consumer protections
Defund public transit
All so that Uber, Lyft, and their Wall Street investors can be enriched.

We say no expansion of Uber's policies of impoverishment.

Call Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390

And then call your NYS Senator. 

Click link below to enter your address to find your NYS Senator, then click on the Senators website for contact information:

Call Script:

I'm calling to say that I oppose Senate bill S04159 and any other legislation that would create a special carve-out in New York State law for Uber. Uber refuses to give its workers employee rights and refuses to provide equal services for people with disabilities.

Please delete Uber Greed from your legislative agenda.


Mark Your Calendars

Motorcade to Albany! No TNCs!

WEDNESDAY, February 15th

Joint NYS Senate & Assembly Transportation Committee Budget Hearing

6:30 AM meet at NYTWA Headquarters with your vehicles, 31-10 37th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Sign up if you need a ride: 718-706-9892


GET READY! On Wednesday, February 15th, we head back to Albany to fight Governor Cuomo's plans to reward Uber with its special carve-out from existing regulations.

As we face a White House that is aligned with Uber's opposition to the minimum wage, employee rights, and corporate regulations, a victory in New York is all the more critical.

After three-plus years of hard struggle, we now face off against Uber's most powerful champion in the state: the Governor.

United and Mobilized, We Can Win This Fight!


Founded in 1998, NYTWA is the 19,000-member strong union of NYC taxicab drivers, representing yellow cab drivers, green car, and black car drivers, including drivers for Uber and Lyft.  We fight for justice, rights, respect and dignity for the over 50,000 licensed men and women who often labor 12 hour shifts with little pay and few protections in the city's mobile sweatshop.  Our members come from every community, garage, and neighborhood. To find out more visit, follow us on Twitter @NYTWA, or like us on


Career NYC Cabbies 'Mike & Abe'
discuss Mayor de Blasio's VERY controversial comments
made on NPR's 'Meet The Mayor' Interview.....


Lehrer: Suresh in Manhattan, you’re on WNYC. Hello, Suresh.
Question: Good morning, Brian. Good morning, Mayor.
Lehrer: And Suresh – turn your radio off, okay? We’re hearing it as loudly as we’re you. Go ahead.
Question: Alright. I’m a yellow cab driver. In 2014, we bought the medallion from New York City TLC ranging from [inaudible] dollar [inaudible] financed by bank or credit union. But now, we [inaudible] Lyft and Uber [inaudible] pay the mortgage. The number of these vehicles [inaudible]. Mayor also said in the past that we don’t talk with the Uber – Uber is a private company [inaudible] –
Mayor: Suresh, what would you like to see the City do?
Question: The City has to [inaudible] either TLC take this [inaudible] back [inaudible] the bank so we have no obligation [inaudible] –
Lehrer: I understand. Let me just say for listeners who don’t understand the question. Since, Uber – in particular Uber and maybe also Lyft came in, it’s changed the taxi market so much that some of the drivers like our caller who paid so much money for a medallion just a few years ago has seen the value of that drop because you can’t make as much money as before as a yellow cab driver. And I guess he’s asking for the City to compensate the difference because he sees it as a regulatory decision that the City has made to allow Uber in like this.
Mayor: Well, Suresh, I understand for sure the challenge you’re going through. I come to some different conclusions in the first stances. First of all, I want to say this issue we’re going to working and the TLC’s going to be working on to try and find every way to strike a balance in regulation that will be fair to all elements of the for-hire vehicle sector. Now, the yellow cabs are an essential part of New York City and have been for a long time. I think some mistakes were made over the years in Albany legislation, in City decisions before this administration that exacerbated the problem before we got here.
I also think there are free market dynamics that have created an opening for Lyft and Uber and others, and that the taxi industry has to learn from that. The yellow cab industry has to learn from that in every way possible – use the same approaches. And I think you’ve seen more of that lately.
But look, I think, I would be very careful about assuming that something that was a free market dynamic where the City offered medallions for years and years until not long ago they were rising in value all the time. They still have a lot of intrinsic value because yellow cabs are still a crucial part of how people get around in a growing city – a city with more and more tourists, more and more jobs, more and more residents.
And I think you’re going to see some leveling off over time and that that could strengthen the medallion values again.
But I’m not ready to commit to reversing course. I think it’s too early to say where this is going for the long haul. The more the yellow cab industry is competitive and updates itself the better off it will be.
And what we’re seeing is even now with so much availability of the other types of services there’s still a majority market for a yellow cab. It still provides something the others don’t.
So, you know, we’ll certainly be looking at the kinds of adjustments we have to make but I think – I think you could see a different reality in the future where the yellow cab industry is strengthened over time.

General Discussion / Statment NYTWA
« on: February 03, 2017, 11:46:39 AM »
See attached Photo
Click to enlarge

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