New York’s ‘taxi Of Tomorrow’ Deal With Nissan Voided By Judge

His wife said he is paralyzed. The other biker who turned himself in, Reginald Chance, is also suspected in the beating of driver Alexian Lien. Police identified the 37-year-old Chance as the man seen in the video pounding his shiny helmet against the SUV. Chance appeared for arraignment Sunday and was charged with first-degree assault and gang assault, both felonies; unlawful imprisonment; criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief, according to court papers. His bail was set at $75,000 cash or $100,000 if secured by property, and his next court appearance was set for October 11. Chance’s lawyer, Gregory Watts, said his client didn’t take part in the beating. He said Chance and Mieses are also victims in the case, and he urged prosecutors to call a grand jury to investigate Lien. “We concede the criminal mischief,” Watts said. “It’s obvious that he overreacted. But the law does permit someone who is a victim of an accident to at least attempt to get the identification of the motorist. My client obviously overreacted in that manner, but he is not this thug assaulting someone who’s harmless, contrary to the public opinion that’s being put out there.” Biker: SUV driver ‘was a maniac’ Biker: SUV driver ‘was a maniac’ Lien was in his Range Rover on his way back from an outing to celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter. Dozens of bikers swarmed past him on Manhattan’s West Side Highway. A cycle quickly slowed down in front of Lien, who bumped its rear tire, slightly injuring rider Christopher Cruz.

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Hagler in Manhattan blocked the plan in a ruling dated today, saying the commission exceeded its authority under the city charter by requiring the purchase of a specific vehicle. TLC Authority If the TLC was vested with the authority to contract for the medallion owners with third party vendors, the TLC may, for instance, also have the authority to mandate the purchase of special insurance from a particular insurance company or even to purchase a more efficient fuel from a designated vendor at pre-determined prices, Hagler said. The decision is fundamentally wrong, because it was within the commissions authority to authorize the Taxi of Tomorrow, Michael A. Cardozo, New York corporation counsel, said in a statement. The city intends to appeal immediately, he said. Aside from its being by far the safest taxicab ever designed, the NV200 has superior legroom, a panoramic roof and a host of other comforts and amenities, Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said in a statement. We remain committed to bringing it to the riding public. The Taxi of Tomorrow program is a plan by Mayor Michael Bloomberg s administration to standardize and expand the citys fleet of 13,237 yellow cabs with 15,237 yellow vans built by Nissan, of which more than 2,000 would be accessible for wheelchairs. The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP. $1 Billion Revenue The Nissans, already being made, were to hit the streets Oct. 28. The program was slated to bring in more than $1 billion in revenue to the city. We are disappointed in the courts decision, but it will not prevent our plan to start upgrading the NYC taxi fleet with the Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow at the end of the month, Travis Parman, a U.S. spokesman for Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan, said in an e-mail. We are evaluating options for next steps regarding the exclusivity contract. The other part of the program is a fleet of green cabs that riders could hail in underserved areas of the city, including northern Manhattan and the boroughs of Brooklyn , Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. Those cars have been on the streets since August.

The “Taxi of Tomorrow” initiative, which was to go into effect October 28, would have required every new taxi to be a Nissan NV200. Nissan was given a contract worth an estimated $1 billion in 2011 after a competition. Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler ruled that the Taxi and Limousine Commission had overstepped its authority. In part, he relied on the same legal argument that doomed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to ban large sugary drinks from city eateries, saying the commission had infringed upon the City Council’s powers. “The notion that New York City should have one exclusive ‘iconic’ New York City taxicab is a policy decision that is reserved for the City Council,” he wrote. The city’s chief lawyer, Michael Cardozo, said in a statement, “We believe the Court’s decision is fundamentally wrong, and we intend to appeal immediately.” When the 10-year contract was awarded, Nissan officials said they expected to provide as many as 26,000 vehicles to the city’s taxi fleet over the deal’s lifetime. Travis Parman, a Nissan spokesman, said the company was considering its options, but it would still sell the vehicle to interested fleet owners. “We are disappointed in the court’s decision, but it will not prevent our plan to start upgrading the NYC taxi fleet with the Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow at the end of the month,” he said. The ruling was the second time a state judge has blocked the plan, after Justice Peter Moulton in Manhattan ruled in May that the initiative failed to comply with city regulations allowing taxi operators to buy hybrid vehicles. The taxi commission then revised the plan to permit hybrid models until Nissan provides a hybrid version of the NV200. The lawsuit was brought by Evgeny Freidman, a major city fleet operator, and the Greater New York Taxi Association, who claimed the commission did not have the power to force taxi operators to purchase a particular vehicle. (Reporting by Joseph Ax)

Severe Storms Forecast for New York City Disrupt Travel

Kennedy International Airport, told travelers today on its website that service may be delayed across 10 airports in the northeastern U.S., from Boston to Washington. Air Canada (AC/B) , that countrys largest airline, waived rebooking fees for passengers traveling to and from seven New England airports. Airport Delays Delays rippled out from airports along the East Coast. By 1 p.m., flights departing Ronald Regan Washington National Airport were delayed as long as 90 minutes, according to industry data compiler FlightAware.com , while arrivals were running more than 40 minutes late at New Yorks LaGuardia Airport and JFK. This is the time of the year when the weather can get a little violent, and if everything gels together just right, you get these situations, Best said by telephone. The conditions are ripe for a couple of isolated tornadoes and, if it does occur, it will be mainly this afternoon. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for just east of Utica, New York south into northeastern Pennsylvania , according to the weather service. Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph are possible. Cuomo told New York residents to heed storm warnings, avoid flooded streets and tie down lawn furniture and other objects that could be hurled by gusting winds. Weather Conditions Weather conditions can change with little warning, so it is important that New Yorkers take appropriate measures to ensure their preparation and safety throughout severe weather events, he said. The clash of cold air moving into the U.S. Northeast from the west and a pocket of warm and humid air already there will set up just the right conditions for rain, thunderstorms and maybe an isolated tornado, said Mark Paquette, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College , Pennsylvania.

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Geno Smith last night had his 3rd game-winning drive in 4th quarter. MOST in the NFL this season. NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 8, 2013 Smith’s performance Monday Night likely solidified his title as the Jets’ starting quarterback, at least for now. Some Tweets poked fun at former quarterback Mark Sanchez , who has been omnipresent on the New York sideline this season. Mark Sanchez was hoping for a challenge on that Geno Smith TD pass. darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 8, 2013 After the debacle that was the Jets’ Week 4 matchup with the Tennessee Titans , many Jets fans were calling for Rex Ryan to bench Smith. Mike Greenberg of ESPN, however, wanted to remind everyone that all rookies experience episodes of first-year growing pains. So, next time Geno Smith plays like a rookie, and he will, can we not start talking about benching him again? Thanks. #Jets Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) October 8, 2013 Once again New York’s defense looked tough. The Jets now have the second-best defense in the NFL , and it certainly showed Monday night. Gang Green sacked Matt Ryan four times for a combined loss of 29 yards. No matter what, give this much to the Jets: Their defense is NOOOOOOO JOKE!!! Atlanta had better wake up. Their season could be in jeopardy.