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General Discussion / Just Saw Fahrenheit 11/9
« on: Today at 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 / Re: Well This Kinda Proves IT.....
« on: September 24, 2018, 08:39:15 PM »
Then one of Mr. Bloomberg’s former deputy mayors called him with a proposition: “There’s this guy with a small transportation startup. He’s having some regulatory problems. Would you mind talking to him?” It was Uber. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission had sent Uber a cease and desist letter, and its then-CEO Travis Kalanick needed someone who understood New York politics. Mr. Tusk mounted successful campaigns on behalf of the company in New York and other cities, including Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

This revelation is MIND BLOWING. So, the TLC went from a Cease and Desist letter to opening the doors wide for UBER.   The TLC was enforcing the rules and Bloomberg turned it around for his own satisfaction. Rules! What Rules? And, those in the TLC that helped him are still running the show, at least it appears so.

We need to push the demand for a change of the commissioners.......

General Discussion / Re: Letter to Mayor DiBlasio and Cory Johnson
« on: September 23, 2018, 12:18:57 PM »

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.

And, probably the illegal activity increase by twice the amount!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

General Discussion / Re: Financial Help For TLC Drivers and Owners
« on: September 20, 2018, 04:39:21 AM »
Daus is on our side-He resigned just before Bloomberg started his attack against the Medallion Taxis, Yassky was happy to step in afterwards.

I don't have any inside info. But, I believe Daus resigned because he didn't want any part of Bloomberg's plan

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 / Re: MTA Flat Fare
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:01:10 PM »
Do you have to accept? Did it save you time that you would have been empty? This has to be considered. If you would have driven empty from Northern Blvd to the city then you had a good fare. If you could have picked up a fare on Northern Blvd by hail then you were shortchanged. You have to weigh the pros and cons.

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 / Re: Saturday night
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:53:24 AM »
Started at 7:45 PM. Did 18 trips at 2AM = $193 minus $12 for surcharges 16 on the card. $24.30 biggest trip. Didn't leave Manhattan once. Not even Astoria. Drove past plenty of our passengers looking for their uber. How am I supposed to not feel pessimistic? What is going to happen when the $2.50 starts? I agree with JFK Mike about these morons who don't want a raise. I told one driver who is against a raise to ask 100 people on the street if they want a raise. I want a raise. These drivers are just plain stupid. 42 foreclosures listed on TLC site. What are they going to do with these medallions? It's every month. Can't wait to see what this mysterious health fund is.

I count 48 Medallions Foreclosed.That is terrible. I believe these medallions will be resold at auction and most of the drivers will be back driving for who ever buys them. The positive view is that the Medallions can still make money! If you are not on the ledge of foreclosure you are on the right side. Be happy you still have a business that makes money. As for the $2.50- it sucks and we will just have to wait and see what effect it has and then deal with it. Also, you should have started earlier on Sat. The hours you chose to work aren't the best on that day. By, 8 PM most people are where they want to be and business dosen't pick up until 10 PM. What about the week days? I know some drivers that are doing a lot better than what you have described!

Most drivers will never ditch their cars because it is the only way they have to express their freedom and let their emotions explode.  Auto makers can make the greatest self driving cars imaginable and still people will want to be in control and at the steering wheel. It's 99% mental.  Very Very few people care about the driver less technology. 

All of the App Cars should be confined to the same territory that the Green Cars were confined to, no pickups in any way in Manhattan below 96th street on the east side and below 110th street on the west side

General Discussion / Re: Starting Jan 1
« on: August 31, 2018, 04:39:12 PM »
  Maybe you can air what this mystery health care is?

So, far it's a mystery to me....Perhaps someone can tell me!

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 / Re: Yellow cabs now have their own Uber-like app
« on: August 30, 2018, 04:11:44 PM »
If this is a way to reduce income for drivers, as I suspect it may be then I don't like it!

I would absolutely vote for Cynthia Nixon

Does anyone know the truth about UBER?  The information in all the news articles is about as contradictory as can be. 

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 / Re: It's awfully quiet here
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:25:27 PM »
Hopefully that will be this weekend...stay tuned

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 / Re: The government took it
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:39:55 AM »
Di Blasio said Mera was on the beach. Perhaps this is a preview to her permanent vacation??? Chris Lynn was at the signing!

What would you do with this list?

You can call all the medallion brokers and ask for their help. There is TMODA who has many members. You can go to the airport taxi hold areas and ask one by one who is a medallion owner. Let them know what you are doing and hand out cards for other medallion owners to get in touch.

But, you need to be convincing with a plan of action that they can relate to.

General Discussion / Re: The government took it
« on: August 14, 2018, 07:37:51 PM »

I understand your frustration and I certainly agree with what you are saying. But, I have to believe that any defeat of what started the medallion decline would be a positive step for some medallion recovery. I can't hurt. Do you believe that this is not so? And, why do you think the Medallion owners Association was not included in this victory? The medallion owners certainly were present at all the demonstrations....

Fill us in! I'm a medallion owner. 

General Discussion / Re: Uber Plotting
« on: August 14, 2018, 02:56:48 PM »
I hope they use the vehicles 24/7  because the more they use them the sooner these vehicles will be off the road. The maintenance will kill them.

General Discussion / Re: The government took it
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:38:27 AM »
This is what we've been saying all along. The courts didn't agree with us. The courts were wrong...So how do we right this? That's what I want to know.

General Discussion / Re: Hedge fund
« on: August 13, 2018, 04:15:45 PM »

Why don't you just list what will make you happy and maybe we can all move in that direction.

General Discussion / Re: Hedge fund
« on: August 12, 2018, 04:12:30 PM »
Mine is working! That's one....don't know about the others!  I imagine they will all be working before long.

Medallion taxis are the standard and most accepted taxi (FHV) the industry has to offer. The demand for medallion taxis will increase with passengers and the demand will also increase with drivers wanting to come home where they belong. This should increase the value.

And, what we need to go along with this is a Fare Increase. The last time we were able to increase rates was Sept 2012!

General Discussion / Re: Utilization rate
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:38:20 AM »
I remember driving many times and having to plot my escape when  I desperately needed a brake.

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 / Re: good luck everyone
« on: August 08, 2018, 10:06:01 PM »
Welcome Back :)

General Discussion / Re: good luck everyone
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:40:12 PM »
We won't get the cap but even if we do so what? Still 130,000. If it gets down to 100,000 or even 75,000 that won't help. Let's not forget the $3.30 every time we hit the meter plus the 16c if they use a card. So it's not $3.30 it's 3.46. 20 trips =$66 per day we earn for....well I'm not even sure. Signed, your favorite pessimist. I am in the same boat but I am the only one with a Mae west.

Peter, It's almost as if you want to be correct in your thinking so you can say "I told you so".

I think these bills were very well thought out and will have a very positive effect over time, even if it takes years. Also, it won't stop here. More bills will be introduced and enacted as is deemed necessary to achieve the goals that are necessary to turn this madness into sanity. So, yes I want to say "I told you so"! How's that?

How can we stop them?

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 / Re: Politics
« on: August 05, 2018, 09:25:59 AM »

I Think you saw opportunity and nailed it! Keep us posted. Good Luck.

General Discussion / Re: Politics
« on: August 05, 2018, 05:34:38 AM »

You're correct in what you are saying. I think the problem is in the model accessible vehicle you are driving. It's the NV200 that is hated. What are you driving?

General Discussion / Re: Politics
« on: August 04, 2018, 05:16:44 AM »
One question. I have to buy an accessible soon. Do I spend that kind of money on a cab I don't want and drive it at 75 years old? I may decide to walk. Right now it's wait and see. You knocked me down but I beat the count.

This is a tough question to answer. Can you afford to retire? How is your health? I think it depends on that. I think you should hold off on the accessible taxi as long as you can. Would you be the only driver? You can find someone younger to drive and give this driver a deal that is hard to turn down. You can drive part time to keep in the know of how it's going. You can sell your medallion for what ever you get.  Without knowing your complete situation I can't give the best answer. But I do think that in time if the Bills are passed, as is expected, the medallion value will rise to a more acceptable level. The way things are now the options are limited.

General Discussion / Re: Politics
« on: August 03, 2018, 03:09:14 PM »
Reason: You are still operating. You are not likely to be foreclosed if you owe little or nothing to the Banks or CU's. You will ride the benefits of the legislation. UBER will never be able to kill you. They are begging already for mercy!  The $3. surcharge may hurt us for a while but eventually will be normal and unnoticed. It may never even start, I believe people are working behind the scenes.  Any more questions?

Peter, You're a pessimist!  Just keep working and picking up fares. Don't refuse any fares to Brooklyn. We will win in the end!

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 »
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General Discussion / Re: Roof light
« on: July 22, 2018, 09:23:18 PM »
Doesn't look like they looked very hard....

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 / Re: Roof light
« on: July 21, 2018, 08:13:50 PM »
Maybe it was an out of town uber. Saw it on 66th & 1st.

Is there such a thing as an out of town Uber.....With the App these jerks can pick up any where they are from where ever they are. Is that not correct?

General Discussion / Re: Roof light
« on: July 21, 2018, 05:28:25 AM »
Get the license plate number also  in the photo

General Discussion / Re: Roof light
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:48:00 PM »
Pictures speak louder than words. Can you get me a photo of the roof lights? Send it to

Correct, if it's going to be posted it should be here. But It's not news worthy of print, as The NY Times believes. 'All News Fit To Print"

I purposely did not post this story on our news page because it's obviously Uber propaganda.   

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 / Re: Bother your council member
« on: June 24, 2018, 09:20:29 PM »
How many Council Membersare needed to pass the bill?

How many council members are there? I believe it would be one more than 50%

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

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!!

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

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

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

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!

General Discussion / Re: Yellow Taxi Driver Missing
« on: May 26, 2018, 04:59:06 AM »
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.

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

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"

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 »

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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 / 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?

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?

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