Today, I sent Governor Cuomo a letter outlining my opposition to the controversial ‘Livery Street Hail Bill’ and requesting that he veto it.
The bill, which passed the Legislature in June, would add 30,000 new livery vehicles that would be able to pick up street hails in the outer boroughs of New York City. Mayor Bloomberg has contends that the goal of this legislation is to expand access, but the bill fails to require any of the new vehicles to be accessible to wheelchair users and other people with disabilities. If we are going to radically change our city’s transportation system, we must embrace a plan that provides access to all people, including those with disabilities.
I commend Governor Cuomo for drawing a line in the sand and refusing to sign the bill until it provides meaningful access to people with disabilities. When the Legislature returns in January, I will work very closely with him to develop a plan that expands service to all New Yorkers, whether they are on two feet or four wheels.
You can read my letter below: