Message from Bhairavi Desai
Get ready for Albany next Tuesday, June 11th! The New York Times
published an investigation into how medallion lenders took advantage
with interest-only payments, overpriced (inflated) medallion values,
and more, and the New York Daily News has reported that yellow cab
bookings are down by 36% compared to 2013. Take Notice Yellow and Green
Cab Members: Every official is talking about the crisis and ways to fix
Join our June Albany Action month to stop the $2.50 surcharge, win an
exemption from the new surcharge coming in 2021 and to win our Debt
Next TUESDAY, JUNE 11th
MEET AT 10:30AM at New Baltimore Service Area between Exits 21B and 22 on the north bound NYS Thruway
Press Conference + Indoors Rally to Demand Yellow/Green Exemption from the Congestion Surcharge & Action on Debt Forgiveness
Sign up for Albany Action Day at this link. If you need a ride, you can
let us know on the form, or call us at 718-706-9892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ALBANY CALL-IN DAYS
Albany's regular session ends around June 19th this year. But the work
continues and Senators and Assembly Members will be watching out for
issues. They need to keep hearing from drivers every single day in
June! Join us in Abalny on June 11th and make the calls! If you need to
look up your State Senator and Assembly member click this link and
enter your address. We can also help you if you call 718-706-9892 or
email us at email@example.com.
Here's what you can talk about when you call:
Talk about your last shift, how much you made for yourself, how much for the State, and how many hours worked
Tell them about your housing situation and family needs
The surcharge will cost drivers $15,000 in income for the year
Yellow & green cabs already pay 50 cents for MTA; close to $1 Billion since 2009!
90% of yellow trips are in the zone
Most of our trips are short, which means on a $10 ride, drivers lose 30% in taxes to the MTA!
Yellow cabs did not cause the congestion. There is record low number on the streets!
We will not get a raise for our own income in years.
RESPONSES TO OWNER-DRIVER DEBT DEMANDS
City Comptroller Scott Stringer called for the city to find a way to forgive the loans!
Assembly and Senate plan to hold hearings! We said call in the
state officials who set up the auction at high prices then went to work
for Uber and Lyft!
City Council Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez called for
$2.50 to be removed. We want a resolution from the whole Council
to the State!
Council Speaker Corey Johnson is announcing bills and the Taskforce on Medallion Debt. Make it permanent!
State Attorney General Leticia James and Mayor DeBlasio announced
investigations. We said they also need to investigate the
government officials who failed us!