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General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 12-15-18 Now on line
« on: Today at 11:07:47 AM »
Mike and Abe Show 12-15-18 Now on line

Mike and Abe talk about
Will the Congestion Surcharge be stopped?

General Discussion / Chat Room-Use it or Lose it!
« on: December 12, 2018, 09:50:44 AM »
I created a chat room thinking that many people would want to chat with others and maybe come up with some good ideas.

So far there has been little response.

I've set times for Chat at Tue Thurs and Sunday 7PM.  However, you can chat any time you want.

Unless, I see interest in the next two weeks, I will remove this option.

General Discussion / Chat Room Sunday 7PM-All Welcome
« on: December 07, 2018, 10:13:55 AM »
Attention all those interested in chatting please log on to the chat room tonight at 7 PM

General Discussion / Every one is invited-Lets Talk
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:40:27 PM »


General Discussion / New Member Registration
« on: December 03, 2018, 05:16:14 PM »



General Discussion / Chat Room-Update?
« on: November 29, 2018, 02:31:47 PM »
Does anyone here think it would be a good idea to have a chat room installed on NYC Taxi News?

NY CC Meeting 11-19-18 Congestion Surcharge Implementation

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 11-18-18
« on: November 18, 2018, 11:23:36 AM »
Mike and Abe talk about
Congestion Surcharge
Amazon Headquarters
Snow SNAFU This past week

Video-Taxis Vs. Uber: 7 NYC Cabbies Have Committed Suicide

General Discussion / Life and Death of Helicopter Commuting
« on: November 14, 2018, 08:44:11 PM »
Life and Death of Helicopter Commuting

General Discussion / 1977-Helicopter falls off Pan Am Building
« on: November 14, 2018, 08:26:50 PM »
This led to a law against helicopters landing on buildings

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 11-2-18
« on: November 02, 2018, 06:10:32 PM »

Mike and Abe talk about
MTA Tax-Will it be challanged?
How will App Based Cars(UBER)
be monitored for the number of trips

General Discussion / Curb App
« on: October 28, 2018, 05:11:42 AM »
Can somebody tell me how much Curb charges the taxi driver (not the customer) for use of the app on a taxi fare?

General Discussion / When NYC Was Livable
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:08:42 AM »

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 10-13-18 Now On Line
« on: October 13, 2018, 05:37:44 PM »

Mike and Abe talk about
Who's Making Money-Yellows or Apps?
Ubers Bond Sales?
and much More

General Discussion / Just Saw Fahrenheit 11/9
« on: September 25, 2018, 04:51:34 PM »
Michael Moore is a patriot. He sees the truth and he documents the truth. If you are thinking of seeing this, stop thinking, you must!

Too bad there is no one like Michael Moore to do the NYC Taxi Story! Or, is there?

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 9-23-18 Now On Line
« on: September 23, 2018, 12:09:21 PM »

Mike and Abe talk about
Road Conditions in NYC
Should the Current Regime at the TLC be replaced?
The $3. MTA Surcharge beginning on Jan 1.

General Discussion / This Sums it up very well-Two Speakers at CC
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:13:44 AM »
Does any one know who she is? She testified at the CC Meeting on 9-17-18

What she said was very realistic

Click to listen

Many of us know Carolyn

General Discussion / Financial Help For TLC Drivers and Owners
« on: September 19, 2018, 07:27:57 AM »

I guess this will solve all our problems???**&&%$%$%

Let's hear your thoughts

General Discussion / San Francisco
« on: September 15, 2018, 08:58:48 AM »

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 9-12-18 Now On Line
« on: September 12, 2018, 02:43:12 PM »
Mike and Abe talk about Business since City Council Bills Past
Letter from Medallion Owners

General Discussion / Letter to Mayor DiBlasio and Cory Johnson
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:05:38 AM »
NYC Taxi News has been asked to post this letter

After reading, if you wish to sign please send email to

The letter will be sent to Mayor DiBlasio and Speaker Cory Johnson

General Discussion / Starting Jan 1
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:20:52 PM »

Before the taxi moves the Fare will be.

Day Rate
2.50-Initial Charge   

2.50-Initial Charge
1.00-Rush hour Surcharge

2.50-Initial Charge
 .50-Night Surcharge


General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 8-26-18 Now On Line
« on: August 26, 2018, 12:09:27 PM »

Mike and Abe talk about things
coming up in the industry Good or Bad?

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 8-18-18 Now On Line
« on: August 18, 2018, 02:53:26 PM »

The FHV bills have been passed so,
What will Follow?
What will happen with the $3. MTA Surcharge?
Mike and Abe and Carolyn discuss.

General Discussion / It's awfully quiet here
« on: August 17, 2018, 04:22:25 PM »
Is everything now perfect and no one has any complaints or concerns? Or are we just taking a breather from all the trauma?

General Discussion / We Fought Hard and Won
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:55:31 PM »
 We Fought Hard and Won. So, what will the future bring?  Can anyone see what's ahead?

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 8-5-18 Now On Line
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:27:02 PM »

Mike and Abe discuss the up coming votes on the FHV Bills.

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 7-28-18
« on: July 28, 2018, 04:45:40 PM »

Abe and Carolyn review the City Council FHV Bills.

General Discussion / CC to UBER
« on: July 27, 2018, 08:41:10 PM »
Click to Enlarge

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 7-22-18 Now On Line
« on: July 22, 2018, 01:20:24 PM »
Mike and Abe discuss
Will we ever solve the problem
of where to use a toilet while driving? and Much More!

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 7-6-18 Now On Line
« on: July 06, 2018, 06:16:10 PM »

Mike and Abe review
the Taxi Workere Alliance
9 Requests of the NYC Council
And More

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 7-1-18 Now On Line
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:50:09 PM »
Abe and Carolyn talk about Flexible Fare Pilot Program and What's Happening with the City Council

General Discussion / The Silence is Deafening
« on: June 24, 2018, 03:49:11 PM »
The Silence is Deafening.........I don't hear anything.....Is anybody out there?

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 6-17-18 Now On Line
« on: June 17, 2018, 11:01:47 AM »

Mike and Abe Talk about
Should Meera Joshi Resign?
Should Unrestricted Medallions be restricted?

General Discussion / The felons found driving for Uber
« on: June 04, 2018, 06:49:53 AM »

General Discussion / Suicide Why?
« on: May 26, 2018, 11:10:47 AM »
So, you owe an insurmountable amount of money on your medallion. You can no longer make the payments  and your finance source is going to foreclose. You think your done being able to support your family.

Consider this: Suicide will only put your family in a lot worse impediment.   Let the foreclosure happen. They are only taking your medallion. They are not taking away your ability to work on another taxi. You can still make money, as much if not more than you were making with the struggles of having to keep up with loan payments. The world did not end if you do this. The world will end and your family will be a lot worse off if you commit suicide.

Live to see another day and work to make things better!

We sure hope this guy get's caught and taken into custody

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 5-13-18 Now On Line
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:20:15 PM »

Mike and Abe Talk about
Who Should Be Our Next Attorney General?
How Much Is Your Medallion Worth?
Rates on The Shirts

Lehrer: Julie, hang on and we’ll get that contact information. Let me give you some question coming on via Twitter. NextAriel writes “what is the Mayor doing to protect yellow cabs? They’re really hurting. Drivers are losing their livelihood. What about a taxi lane going from LaGuardia into the city? Paris has one and it works great.” writes Ariel.
Mayor: I – that’s the first I’ve heard that idea. That’s an interesting idea. I’m not sure how we physically could do that, but it’s an interesting idea for sure. Look, I’m very concerned. The taxi drivers have gone through a lot in recent years and the world changed very, very quickly. Technology changed, the consumer habits changed and left a lot of cabbies in a really tough situation. And we want to do everything we can to right this situation.
Now, one of the things we had to do and we have done is provide more parity between the taxis and the rest of the for-hire vehicle sector including, you know, making sure everyone is held to similar standards on things like safety and disability access. I think the – we have to make sure that the deck is not stacked against one group or another. And I think in the past it was. And now with new regulations we’ve put in place, it’s putting more balance into the equation. We’ve got a lot more to do on that.
Obviously the City Council is looking seriously at the question of other big steps we could take to create more balance in the industry. I think those are the kinds of things we need to do to really get to the underlying problem here. But the taxi lane idea – again, I haven’t heard it but we’ll look at it for sure.
Lehrer: And a follow up to that. I read that the City is not planning to sell any yellow cab medallions for the next five years. I think there was originally, you know – I guess, well, as of a few years ago there was a projection in the City budget of more revenue from the sale of taxi medallions going forward. So is this the tacit acceptance that the yellow cab industry is all but dead?
Mayor: No, absolutely not. Brian, there is a very strong yellow cab industry still. There’s a difference between the value of the medallion versus what’s happening in the industry. More and more the industry is adapting to new technology and is holding a very substantial place in the market. And beyond the question of technology, just the traditional street hail still has a lot of people who prefer and go about it that way.
It is, in many ways, the single fastest way to get a ride if you’re in a busy place. And the right time of day, you put your hand, and then there’s a cab there immediately. That is faster than any app.
So, I think what we find is it’s a sector that has still a lot of strength and, I think with some additional policy moves, will be strengthened further and we want to do that. But at the same time, you know, the medallion problem is a real problem. So we decided that the best way to address it was to no longer, for the foreseeable future, next few years, do anymore auctions, keep the medallion market fixed to try and bring up the value of each medallion a little bit more.
We think medallions will have value in the long term, we think the market will correct but for now part of what we have to do to move that along is not sell more.

General Discussion / How Much is Your Medallion Worth
« on: May 10, 2018, 09:11:33 PM »

If you believe the article above and the TLC iit's worth 0

The way I see it, I would put the value at $750,000

It's too bad there is no financing! If there were the value I just posted would easily be met.

What do you think?

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 5-6-18 Now on Line
« on: May 06, 2018, 12:37:59 PM »
Mike Abe and Carolyn talk about City Council Meeting held last Monday.

General Discussion / THEY WERE THERE FOR 75 YEARS!
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:21:34 PM »
For 75 years NYC taxi cabs had Posted the TAXI RATES ON THE DOORS FOR ALL TO SEE.

Then in 2012 they were removed for no sensible reason.

Doormen at hotels and Hustlers on the Streets and at the Airports use this mistake to misinform Out of Town Customers of the Taxi Rates.

I recently, officially petitioned the TLC to return the RATES TO THE DOORS and I was turned down.

But, they can't stop us from showing the Rates on Our Shirts.

The warm weather is here, so the time is now!

These shirts are 100% Cotton.  They are of excellent quality. I know. I have two. All that have already bought them,love them.



General Discussion / THEY WERE THERE FOR 75 YEARS!
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:55:41 AM »
For 75 years NYC taxi cabs had Posted the TAXI RATES ON THE DOORS FOR ALL TO SEE.

Then in 2012 they were removed for no sensible reason.

Doormen at hotels and Hustlers on the Streets and at the Airports use this mistake to misinform Out of Town Customers of the Taxi Rates.

I recently, officially petitioned the TLC to return the RATES TO THE DOORS and I was turned down.

But, they can't stop us from showing the Rates on Our Shirts.

The warm weather is here, THE TIME IS NOW!

These shirts are 100% Cotton.  They are of excellent quality. I know. I have two. All that have already bought them,love them.



General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 4-29-18 Now On Line
« on: April 29, 2018, 12:40:18 PM »
Mike Abe and Carolyn talk about tomorrows City Council Meeting

General Discussion / This is whats circulating among uber lyft drivers
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:36:50 PM »
This is whats circulating among uber lyft drivers. Yellow drivers have to get there very early to get in line

    Right now, app-based FHV drivers are fighting for their lives. We’re already faced with a sub-minimum wage after expenses, but Ruben Diaz’s Intro 838 would take another $2,000 a year out of drivers’ pockets and take away our freedom to work for multiple apps.
    I don’t have to tell you that this law would absolutely destroy us.
    On April 30th, City Council will introduce this devastating legislation. We’re counting on every FHV driver who uses an app to make a living to show up in force. Join us at City Hall on Monday at 8:00 AM to oppose Intro 838.
    One thing that’s always amazed me: whenever IDG members are met with adversary, that’s when when we fight hardest. This past week, hundreds of drivers have showed up to prepare for our April 30th action. The whole week has been fueled by the confidence that we are going to stand together and demand fairness and an end to exploitation.
    Help us keep the energy high. Even if you’ve never attended an IDG meeting or answered one of our phone calls or texts, NOW is the time to stand with us. Come to City Hall at 8:00 Monday morning and we’ll show those in power that drivers will not accept anything less than a raise and an end to laws meant to destroy us.
    Looking forward to seeing you on Monday,
    In solidarity,
    Aziz Bah, Independent Drivers Guild

General Discussion / Read Intro 838
« on: April 26, 2018, 12:14:41 PM »

General Discussion / It's Very Quiet here
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:42:16 PM »
Anyone want to comment on this?

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 3-10-18 Now On Line
« on: March 10, 2018, 08:11:02 AM »

Will Medallion Values Rise?

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 3-4-18 Now On Line
« on: March 04, 2018, 12:23:50 PM »

Mile Abe and Carolyn talk about FHV proposed bill

General Discussion / Taxi Medallion Blog
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:29:19 AM »

General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 2-19-18 Now On Line
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:18:34 PM »

General Discussion / Doug Schifter's Brother
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:33:27 PM »
I just got word that Doug Schifter's Brother George Schifter will be on the Taxi Dave Show this Sunday

General Discussion / Doug Schifter
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:10:15 PM »
I was forwarded this email:

Dear Drivers:

It is so heartening to see professional drivers coming together in these difficult times.

For those of you who wish to pay your respects, tomorrow there is a memorial service for brother Douglas Schifter in West Babylon, Long Island:

Thursday, February 9 at 11:30 AM
New Montefiore Jewish Cemetery
1180 Wellwood Ave
West Babylon, NY 11704

Click here for more photos from our City Hall vigil for Douglas Schifter.
Douglas Schifter was driven to financial ruin by Wall Street greed. Ubernomics is not an act of god, it is not inevitable: it is the result of choices that our legislators have made to deregulate our industry with the financial backing of Uber, Lyft, and their cohorts - who spend more on lobbying than Microsoft, Walmart and Amazon combined.

United, we have the strength to demand change. We need
a cap on the number of vehicles in New York City, and
the metered fare for Yellow and Green Cabs should be the rate floor for all for-hire vehicles so that drivers can earn a living wage.

If you haven't already, now is the time to join our union.

Together, we can and will save our full-time professional and reign in a business model that is determined to destroy our livelihood.

Below is the full text of yesterday's New York Times column highlighting drivers' struggle in the gig economy.

A Driver's Suicide Reveals the Dark Side of the Gig Economy


Doug Schifter, a New York livery driver, said he killed himself to illuminate how ride hailing services have devastated taxi workers financially.Creditvia Black Car News

Last spring, Bhairavi Desai, a middle-aged woman without a driver's license and thus an unlikely leader for thousands of mostly male drivers in the world's largest market for hired vehicles, delivered emotional testimony in front of New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission about the mounting existential difficulties in her field.

The executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Ms. Desai had been a labor activist for 21 years but she had never seen anything like the despair she was witnessing now - the bankruptcies, foreclosures and eviction notices plaguing drivers who were calling her with questions about how to navigate homelessness and paralyzing depression.

"Half my heart is just crushed,'' she said, "and the other half is on fire."

The economic hardship that Uber and its competitors had inflicted on conventional drivers in New York and London and other cities had become overwhelming. For decades there had been no more than approximately 12,000 to 13,000 taxis in New York but now there were myriad new ways to avoid public transportation, in some cases with ride-hailing services like Via that charged little more than $5 to travel in Manhattan. In 2013, there were 47,000 for-hire vehicles in the city. Now there were more than 100,000, approximately two-thirds of them affiliated with Uber.

While Uber has sold that "disruption" as positive for riders, for many taxi workers, it has been devastating. Between 2013 and 2016, the gross annual bookings of full-time yellow-taxi drivers in New York, working during the day when fares are typically highest, fell from $88,000 a year to just over $69,000. Medallions, which grant the right to operate a taxi in New York City, were now depreciating assets and drivers who had borrowed money to pay for them, once a sound investment strategy, were deeply in debt. Ms. Desai was routinely seeing grown men cry and she had become increasingly concerned about the possibility that they would begin taking their lives.

On Monday morning, Doug Schifter, a livery driver in his early 60s, killed himself with a shotgun in front of City Hall in Lower Manhattan, having written a lengthy Facebook post several hours earlier laying out the structural cruelties that had left him in such dire circumstance. He was now sometimes forced to work more than 100 hours a week to survive, he said; when he had started out in the 1980s, a 40-hour week was fairly typical. He blamed politicians - mayors Michael R. Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo - and their acquiescence to the rich for permitting so many cars to flood the streets. He blamed the Taxi Commission for the fines and hassles it imposed.

He had lost his health insurance and accrued credit card debt and he would no longer work for "chump change,'' preferring, he said, to die in the hope that his sacrifice would draw attention to what drivers, too often unable to feed their families now, were enduring. He had forecast all of this doom in columns he had written for a trade publication called Black Car News, he wrote, but few had listened to him.

Implicit in his testament was the anger he felt over the de-professionalization of his life's work. Mr. Schifter had driven more than five million miles throughout his tenure, through five hurricanes and 50 snowstorms. He had chauffeured celebrities and worn a suit. He was not driving a car to supplement the income he was getting from his crepe business and he was not trying to make a little extra money for massage. He was not a participant in the gig economy; he was a casualty of it.

For at least a century, the suicide as spectacle, prompted by a reversal of fortune, has typically been the practice of the wealthy. In the months after Wall Street's crash in 1929, four people threw themselves out windows in New York (leading to the folklore that there had been many, many more such deaths). Decades later, Bernie Madoff's son Mark hanged himself from a dog leash in his SoHo apartment. In 2016, Sanjay Valvani, a hedge fund manager accused of insider trading, slashed his throat in the bedroom of his Brooklyn townhouse, to much sensation in the tabloid and financial press. Poverty too often kills you without making you try.

For taxi drivers staring down an even bleaker future of driverless cars at a moment when Washington considers a weekly paycheck bump of $1.50 an occasion to break out the layer cake, it is hard to see where the metaphoric Prozac will come from.

The problems facing the city's taxi drivers have become so bad, Ms. Desai said, that even on New Year's Eve many complained that they roamed around unable to pick up fares. At about that time she had received a call from a woman who runs a community radio station in the Bronx, with an audience made up mostly of Dominican livery drivers. Two drivers that the host knew of had killed themselves and other drivers were on the show talking about the isolation and fear they saw all around them.

In the days preceding his death, Mr. Schifter wrote about his decreasing faith in our politics and about his commitments to his spiritual life. "Forget the cliché you only live once it is not true," he said in a Facebook post. "The clues are all about you if you take the time to seek them."

In Solidarity,
Bhairavi Desai
NYTWA Executive Director

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