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

http://www.nyctaxinews.com/talk_shows/


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

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General Discussion / Re: Just a rumor
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:52:04 PM »
Where did you hear this rumor?

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So tell me Peter:

Should I put my head between my legs and kiss my ass goodbye or should I go on making money with my taxi as I have been doing since I bought my medallion in 1977- (I drove for a fleet for 7 years prior to that date)???

Some one once told me in life sometimes you have to "Roll with the Punches" . I'm rolling and I don't believe we are any where near the last punch having been thrown! I'm never giving up like it seems you have!!

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

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General Discussion / Re: Yellow Taxi Driver Missing
« on: May 26, 2018, 03:17:26 PM »
It probably is but I got my info from the "JFK Gossip Daily" paper.

It will probably be reported in the news by tomorrow

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General Discussion / Re: Yellow Taxi Driver Missing
« on: May 26, 2018, 03:01:31 PM »
It now appears that the body was I-Ded as that of Kenny Chow.....I just received an email

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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!


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General Discussion / Re: Yellow Taxi Driver Missing
« on: May 26, 2018, 04:59:06 AM »
Peter,
I checked out your post yesterday and could not get conformation.  Hear say information is as good as no information. So, we are still waiting for an answer as to whether the body found was Chow or what did happen to him.

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

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/996933702776184833

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Great Article! I could see myself feeling this way. Fortunately for me I have love in my life and no debt. So, there is no danger of me getting into the state of mind Doug Schifter was in. Anyone who doesn't understand that this could happen to any who have been victim to the negligence of the NYC non leadership has their "Heads In The Sand"

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General Discussion / Re: THEY WERE THERE FOR 75 YEARS!
« on: May 15, 2018, 08:50:31 PM »
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General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 5-13-18 Now On Line
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:20:15 PM »
http://www.nyctaxinews.com/talk_shows/

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

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General Discussion / Re: How Much is Your Medallion Worth
« on: May 13, 2018, 05:21:36 AM »
Peter,

I too paid little long ago. I don't like being taken advantage of either. But the value is based on profit that can be made. If you can still take home a reasonable profit then there is value. If not, then there is no value.  We should fight the surcharges, it's completely unfair. We should have this money for our  self's.
But we shouldn't quit if we can still make money.

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General Discussion / Re: How Much is Your Medallion Worth
« on: May 12, 2018, 08:29:15 PM »
The foreclosures are real. The price that was paid by the people who were foreclosed on should never have been. Even so, others who paid one million or more are still making the payments. They just had to agree to more collateral. Money on the streets is still there despite all the obstacles.

I say $750,000 is what the medallions should and could be. The only thing in the way is the lack of people to finance. I believe when the smoke settles and the path is cleared this is what the price will be.

Any one care to comment on this?

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General Discussion / Re: How Much is Your Medallion Worth
« on: May 12, 2018, 02:53:20 PM »
Peter, You haven't responded.. So I'll up my bid to $10,000....How about it?

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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.

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General Discussion / Re: How Much is Your Medallion Worth
« on: May 11, 2018, 05:36:29 AM »
Peter, If your medallion is worth 0 I'll be more that thrilled to give you $1,000 for it. Deal?

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

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-suspends-sale-taxi-medallions-plummets-article-1.3982966

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?

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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.

http://www.nyctaxinews.com/talk_shows/

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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.

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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.

https://shop.spreadshirt.com/NYCTAXINEWS/

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.

YOU WILL TOO! LET'S TAKE BACK OUR INDUSTRY WITH THESE SHIRTS!
 


CLICK TO ENLARGE

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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

http://www.nyctaxinews.com/talk_shows/

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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

    Hakan,
    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

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General Discussion / Re: Wheel Chair
« on: April 26, 2018, 02:59:43 PM »
I heard gossip that senior owner drivers can ask to be excused from buying an accessible vehicle. Doesn't matter to me but curious. Gossip or true?

Gossip. If this were true it would have to be a rule change.

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The more the merrier. I have word that the vote will be put off for a few weeks, but I can't confirm this.  There still will be a meeting and I plan to load the video to this web site sometime om Monday.

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

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General Discussion / Re: Riding over cobblestones
« on: April 21, 2018, 06:00:37 PM »
It's not fair

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

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General Discussion / Re: Only way?
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:21:31 PM »
I think a strike is a good idea . However,  I hate to say this but a strike would not work unless all fhv's were side by side with all the yellows. If not those who don't strike would be laughing all the way to the bank.  How can all the 100,000+ vehicles be organized for this purpose?

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So, They knew all along and did nothing!

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It's simple: DON'T VOTE FOR CUOMO. HE'S FULL OF B.S.

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General Discussion / Re: This is heartbreaking you’ve got to watch
« on: April 05, 2018, 11:32:25 AM »
I'm waiting for the right lawyer to find a law somewhere that prohibits government from doing this!

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General Discussion / Re: We demand a trial by jury Uber(NYC) vs Taxi
« on: April 05, 2018, 11:30:24 AM »
"I second that emotion"

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General Discussion / Re: Meera Joshi
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:53:51 PM »
BINGO! The real problem is the illegal pick up of street hails...........Just as I have believed all along...

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Holidays !!! *<;D
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:33:24 PM »
We are Back

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I nominate David Pollack for Taxi Chairman and Carolyn Protz as Chief Statistician

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General Discussion / Re: I disagree with the demonstration
« on: March 22, 2018, 06:58:51 PM »
The funeral was yesterday

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

Will Medallion Values Rise?

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

Mile Abe and Carolyn talk about FHV proposed bill

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General Discussion / Re: ready set go!!
« on: February 26, 2018, 02:41:16 PM »
Taxi Dave, we love ya, Go Caroline on NY1, ready set go!!! until we celebrate

DITTO!

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

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

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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

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General Discussion / Re: Let’s start a price war, seriously!
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:54:11 AM »
If you want to start a price war you have to get hundreds of people involved. How are you going to do that? This is just another fantasy otherwise.

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General Discussion / Re: CC Meeting
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:45:37 AM »
Medallion taxis should get exclusive rights to the "Exclusionary Zone" for all business APP, Radio and Street Hail. And be part of all other zones however called. the medallion paid for it.

The Green taxis should get rights to street hails in the other zones along with App and Radio

The black cars should be capped and be able to do what is really Pre-arranged by app or radio

The livery drivers can take radio or app calls out of the Exclusionary Zone.

All segments should be capped.

What's so hard to understand?

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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

By  GINIA BELLAFANTE FEB. 6, 2018

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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Here is his suicide note:



To those it may concern,

I have been financially ruined because three politicians destroyed my industry and livelihood and Corporate NY stole my services at rates far below fair levels. I worked 100-120 consecutive hours almost every week for the past fourteen plus years. When the industry started in 1981, I averaged 40-50 hours. I cannot survive any longer with working 120 hours! I am not a Slave and I refuse to be one.

Companies do not care how they abuse us just so the executives get their bonuses. They have not paid us fair rates for some time now. Due to the huge numbers of cars available with desperate drivers trying to feed their families they squeeze rates to below operating costs and force professionals like me out of business. They count their money and we are driven down into the streets we drive becoming homeless and hungry. I will not be a slave working for chump change. I would rather be dead.

Bloomberg, deBlasio and Andrew Cuomo have each had their part in destroying a once thriving industry. There are over 100,000 of us suffering daily now. It is the new slavery. The politicians flooded the streets with Black Cars and Taxis. I warned them four years ago in my Column in the Black Car News. I told them why it would destroy the industry, how it would destroy the industry and they kept doing it anyway ignoring everything and everybody. I warned of the impending collapse of the yellow medallions more than a year before it happened. No one stopped it. That old law was working and it was there to prevent exactly what Cuomo Allowed. The control of the numbers of taxi medallions was never supposed to return to the Mayor.

Bloomberg started everything by appealing to Albany to remove the law limiting taxis in NYC. It was in place for over one hundred years and worked! It was there for a reason. It took away control from local politicians. It limited competition so in bad times everyone still made a good living. Now there are too many feeding off the same pie and there is not enough for every one.
All that is needed now for a total disaster is a serious downturn in the economy reducing riders and there will be at least a half million people hit hard. Downturns always come. It is a certainty and a matter of time. History will repeat itself.

With 100,000 families and counting spouses and dependents and peripheral professionals and their families dependent on the drivers there must easily be a half million people that depend on income from this profession now. Bloomberg added 18,000 unneeded green cabs. That took more business away from Black and Yellow Cabs. He mandated a freeze on processing replacement Black Cars just as I had to replace mine. I was lucky, it only took only nine weeks to get mine done. I lost the entire busy season before Christmas. I had to buy and insure the vehicle before I could register it so I could also then license it. TLC would not process my application because they wanted their $75 inspection fee for a brand new car out of the showroom in addition to the state inspection already performed. I paid the loan and the insurance for more than two months before I saw any income. That cost between $20,000 and $30,000 and was a serious loss. I never recovered from the delay. My meager savings destroyed. I did manage to put something away but my financial cushion never developed. deBlasio stopped a traffic study on the impact of Uber. That would have revealed the true traffic impact of so many cars and shown the need to freeze car levels. There seems to be a strong bias by the Mayor and Governor in favor of Uber. A Company that is a known liar, cheat and thief. Cuomo allowed the removal of controls and allowed unlimited cars on the road. Cuomo also placed State Troopers in NYC to patrol and issue moving violations. This never happened before in my lifetime. He has turned the city into a police state.
We are being destroyed by our Government individually as well as an industry. When will they realize what they are doing to us? What does it take to bring us the attention we need to stop the Government?
Why is the Government destroying people's lives? The Government is supposed to help the people not destroy them!
When will everybody awaken to the dangers?

I know I am doing all I can the rest is up to you. Wake up and resist!

As for our industry;
There was always meant to be numbers of cars below the demand. That was the guarantee of a steady income.
Now the politicians have flooded the streets with unlimited cars and some 3000 new ones every month still coming. There is not enough work for everybody that pays a living. This is SLAVERY NOW.
They are destroying many thousands of families financially. I don't know how else to try to make a difference other than a public display of a most private affair. No one listened to the warnings in my column or changed anything.

I am not a new driver and I was the most skilled and experienced driver to my knowledge in the business. I had almost 5 million miles experience, driven through five hurricanes and over 50 deep snow and blizzard conditions. I have driven over 100 world famous celebrities including Michael Bloomberg's daughters and mother, the family of the man who destroyed me. A 44 year ultimate professional. I was a top chauffeur with the greatest limo company of all time. I was also a street legend in the industry over forty years ago. Passengers I never saw before told me about my reputation. More than a few saw incredible feats of driving. I didn't just fall off the Turnip Truck. I was the best and did not deserve to be ruined by stupid greedy uncaring politicians.
I have no more health insurance and am not enjoying good health.
No more vehicle as my GM engine failed twice this year as well as the transmission.
No more income to pay bills and maxed out credit cards I cannot pay.
I will lose my house and everything else.
I see no point to continue trying.

What is happening to our Country where the Government now destroys the people? We are not a government of the People, by the People and for the People any more. We are turning into a Government of the People, by the Corporation for the Rich. People are becoming enslaved and destroyed by politicians and companies with the aid of the rich and the corporations they control. They are doing it by bypassing the Laws or manipulating them. America is being stolen. Your future and your families future is being stolen right now.

The whole purpose of life is to learn, teach and love.
To care for each other and better our souls but the people are being enslaved. This is against G-d. He is about love and freedom and unity of spirit. This effort to enslave the population working for less and less continuing to erode the good life we are supposed to have is going to destroy America. All the benefits are going to the wealthy and super wealthy few instead of the great mass of His Children (The People).
It is against all of our standards as Americans. Politicians are now destroying this Country and the people in it. This is partially because we allow legal bribery through campaign donations. The people are losing control of Government and Government is not supposed to hurt the People. The Republican party is doing most of the damage. Government has been baded by democrats too. It is nearly impossible to get fair treatment in New York City adjudication courts. Parking and moving violations are completely baded. So is the appeals process. Add an ambitious cop who is willing to lie a little and the system is a total shakedown process threatening your rights and happiness.
We are being shaken down by politicians who sell out to the biggest contributors to their greed and power. The Taxi Commission overburdens us with unending over-regulation and astronomical fines and hassles. They do not consider the impact of their actions or care.

We are on an increasing downward spiral toward loss of liberties and happiness. We are not doing enough to fight ignorance and hatred. We are not a great country if we cannot afford to care for those in need. We are not a great country if we allow Politicians to destroy lives. We are not a great country if we allow hatred of others because of where they were born or who they are.

Forget about great country....we are not even good people if we do not care for others in need. Most of the civilized world cares for their own except here where republicans who do not need more money to survive seek to get all they can get from companies and the rich and then take away all they can from the people.

Please do no harm to others. You will create equal problems for yourself. ( also paraphrasing the words of Christ). Karma is very real.
Remember Love is His greatest gift and you can take it with you and that Hatred is the path of evil. Promote love and squash hate.

I hope with the public sacrifice I make now that some attention to the plight of the drivers and the people will be done to save them and it will have not have been in vain and also that we must stop what is happening to Government while we still have one we can vote out. There is no choice. America is under attack by Russia. They do not need weapons. They bought their influence.

It is too late for me so who is next? Maybe you and yours? Everyone needs to fix this now.

Fight the Treasonous Republicans. Resist!
Government of all the People, by all the People and for all the People forever!

Douglas Schifter

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General Discussion / The Fare Is Not Fair-Everyone should pay
« on: February 05, 2018, 11:34:07 AM »
When it comes to who is going to pay for the billions of $$$ it will take to fix the Subway system they are asking too much of the entire FHV/TAXI system and very little from everyone else. Every business in NYC and even the entire State of NY should be contributing. The system has an effect on the economy of places way beyond the boundaries of NYC. Just one $ a day form every business in the State would be a lot more fair to pay for this.

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General Discussion / Mike and Abe Show 1-31-18 Now on Line
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:43:48 PM »
http://www.nyctaxinews.com/talk_shows/

Mike and Abe
Talk about Cogestion
Who Should Pay to solve the problems?

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General Discussion / Re: Taxi Dave Show 1-28-17-Encouraging
« on: January 29, 2018, 02:37:45 PM »
I don't remember. I'll have to re listen

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General Discussion / Re: Taxi Dave Show 1-28-17-Encouraging
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:12:55 PM »
Did you listen....I like that the talk is taking place on our home court.

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General Discussion / Taxi Dave Show 1-28-17-Encouraging
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:56:42 PM »

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General Discussion / Written Last April
« on: January 27, 2018, 03:04:28 PM »

This was written last April...I was asked to bring it back to read


DO NOT LOWER TAXI DRIVER STANDARDS !!
LET LEGAL TAXI DRIVERS EARN A LIVING 'WAGE' !!
SUPPORT THE FARE INCREASE PROPOSAL !!
...AND KEEP THE BIG FLEETS RUNNING
WITH QUALITY, CAREER DRIVERS !!!


NYC Taxi Metered Fares ...

I feel the following new rate-of-fare structure should be implemented.
A fare increase should be awarded immediately to offset basic operating &
cost-of-living expenses that have risen for New York City yellow cab drivers.

This NEW fare increase will also greatly improve the current taxi driver shortage !!


1) THE METERED WAITING TIME...
Due to the new 'Vision Zero' rules, the City's speed limit has been reduced from 30 MPH to 25 MPH.
Therefore, the NEW rate for metered waiting time should be directly proportionate to that reduced speed limit -
i.e. change the existing waiting time of $30.00 per hour to approx. $36.00 per hour.
The calibration should run at a rate of sixty cents (.60) per minute, and 'minutes' should
include all 'partial' minutes that add up to FULL minutes of stopped or slow traffic.

NOTE: THE RATIO BETWEEN THE METERED WAITING TIME & THE METERED ROLLING TIME
DRASTICALLY AFFECTS TAXI DRIVER & PASSENGER SAFETY !!

 2) ELIMINATE THE JFK FLAT RATE...
We should return to the metered rate for ALL fares within the borders of New York City.
The 'security' advantages of the JFK 'Flat Rate' are now obsolete due to the advent of new GPS & trip sheet technology.
Drivers - AND passengers - deserve the proper rate of fare, and the flat rate often results in DRASTIC fluctuations in
taxi driver earnings & passenger expenses .

3) Increase the 'Rush Hour' Surcharge -
The current 'rush hour' surcharge of $1.00 per trip should be increased to $2.00 per trip
and shall be in effect Mon. thru Friday - INCLUDING all legal holidays -
between 7 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 8 pm

3) CHARGE FOR TRUNK & OTHER ITEMS...
There should be a minimum charge for luggage and other items that involve an 'extra step'
in the street hailing process. The trunk and/or luggage charge should be a minimum of $2.00     

4) THE METERED ROLLING TIME...
The metered rolling time should be raised from fifty cents (.50) per 1/5 mile to fifty cents (.50) per 1/6 mile.

5) THE INITIAL DROP...
The initial metered 'drop' should only be raised from $2.50 to $2.75
This 'drop' should always be equal to NYC-MTA fares - and should be kept low to incentivize ridership.

6) ADDITIONAL STOPS....
The metered fare shall allow two (2) passenger stops.
Any fare continuing on after the second stop shall allow the driver to completely reset the meter.

7) Newark Airport...
The fare shall be the standard New York City rate, with an initial 'drop' charge of $25.00 - plus any tolls.

8) Nassau & Westchester Counties ...
The fare shall ALSO be the standard New York City rate, with an initial 'drop' charge of $25.00 - plus any tolls.

9) Group rides shall be re-introduced at LaGuardia & JFK Airports,
with legitimate taxi dispatching personnel.
- Penn Station & Manhattan's Port Authority terminals
should also have this option for drivers and passengers.

10) Allow An 'Event Surcharge' for high-volume locations
that NEED IMMEDIATE YELLOW CABS !!
Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Piers,
West Side Piers, Javits Convention Center, Barclay Center,
Madison Square Garden, Arthur Ashe Stadium, JFK, LGA... HELLO ?!?!

11) ALL drivers will be allowed to request PAYMENT IN ADVANCE
from passengers for ALL trips over $20.00.

12) Lease Cap Provisions...
There should be a fair and equitable distribution
of the new fare increase between taxi owners & drivers.
** There should also be a NEW option of DAILY rates and HOURLY rates **
Driver retention, quality vehicles and public safety depend on it !!
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General Discussion / Re: 39-40st St Taxi Stand sign is gone.
« on: January 26, 2018, 08:49:30 AM »
I guess they don't want you to wait over there. Why is puzzling. At least the waiting is still in front of both PA Buildings between 40 and 42 street.

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General Discussion / Re: Judge Alison J. Nathan, where she went wrong
« on: January 24, 2018, 02:49:01 PM »
City,
When you wrote this yesterday was it because of a decision made by the court.....I haven't heard of any. Have you?

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General Discussion / Re: Judge Alison J. Nathan, where she went wrong
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:12:23 AM »
So, what good does it do for us now that the "Barn Door is Closed"....???

Those who have fought the case "BLEW IT". How can we fix it?  Is it possible? That's all that matters now.

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General Discussion / Now it's Your Turn
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:20:30 PM »
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General Discussion / Re: Only light in tunnel
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:09:52 PM »
Only Time will tell

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General Discussion / Re: Congestion Pricing
« on: January 20, 2018, 06:54:41 AM »
Peter, You are right...It will really suck! I just posted this video

http://nyctaxinews.com/nyctaxinews_videos/video_120.html

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General Discussion / Re: Congestion Pricing
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:00:18 AM »
Yes I read it! Has it been passed in Albany? No! And even if it is it will apply to all FHV's. The sky is not falling! It will be dealt with.

Here is more:  https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2018-01-19/the-latest-de-blasio-discusses-manhattan-congestion-pricing

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General Discussion / Re: Congestion Pricing
« on: January 19, 2018, 08:26:00 PM »
Well, It's not being reported anywhere else....At least for now....

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General Discussion / Re: Congestion Pricing
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:19:35 PM »
Peter,

Where did you hear this?

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General Discussion / Re: Congestion Pricing
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:44:02 AM »
Would the passengers pay every time you crossed 6oth st? Or would they stop at 61s t street and walk over the line? We have to wait and see what is implemented.

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General Discussion / Re: Congestion Pricing
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:30:53 AM »
Anyone know whether this is good for us or not?

Depends on if the Taxis are exempt. If so, it's great. If not, it really would suck.

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General Discussion / Re: FOR SALE NOW-THE TAXI RATES ARE ON THE SHIRT
« on: January 18, 2018, 09:39:31 AM »
I'll buy the coffee!

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General Discussion / Re: Medallion Sales
« on: January 16, 2018, 05:13:30 PM »
This leaves two questions:

What do these "Hedge Fund" people know that makes them want to buy? To me this is a good sign. Why would any body invest anything if there was no future to it gaining?

and

When and under what circumstances will there be financial institutions willing to lend?


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General Discussion / Re: Medallion Sales
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:53:51 PM »
5 Medallions sold for $875,000 or $175,000 per medallion  https://t.co/qhGsFjTXo3

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General Discussion / Re: Riding over cobblestones
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:30:13 PM »
You're right. They are wrong and they know it.But for what ever reason they don't care....What's so hard to see. This is what the reality is! How do you get what is right to win? This has been the question all along! No one has the answer. The courts have been blinded. Why?

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General Discussion / Re: Where is everybody?!!!!!!
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:36:31 AM »
I'm Here

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

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

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