After a night of drinking, 28-year-old Elizabeth Otero jumped into the driver’s seat of a parked yellow cab on Mercer St. in Manhattan and sped off, according to a criminal complaint. She had had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 when cops found her, and she also told officers she’s never had a driver’s license.
A drunk woman jumped into the driver’s seat of a yellow taxi and took off as the stunned driver stood nearby, police said.
Elizabeth Otero, 28, who does not have a driver’s license, slipped into the idling 2014 Toyota Camry at East 12th Street and Fifth Avenue at 3:53 a.m. on Dec. 7, police said.
A police officer tracked the cab using the taxi company’s GPS system and found Otero a mile and a half away, in front of 90 Mercer St., police said.
Otero was still sitting in the driver’s seat with the engine running when police discovered her. She was slurring her words and her breath smelled of alcohol, police said.
Koffi Komlani, 53, “doesn’t sleep well,” said the attorney, Raymond L. Colon. “He hasn’t slept since the incident.” Komlani and his lawyer were in Manhattan Criminal Court for a hearing on Komlani’s case. He faces up to 15 days in jail and a $700 fine if convicted.
A cabbie who struck and killed a 9-year-old boy in Manhattan earlier this year is haunted by the third-grader’s death, his lawyer said Friday.
Koffi Komlani, 53, “doesn’t sleep well,” said the attorney, Raymond L. Colon. “He hasn’t slept since the incident.”
The “incident” was a collision on Jan. 10 in which Komlani’s cab struck Cooper Stock as he was crossing West End Avenue with his father. Police said that Cooper and his father, a cancer doctor, were in the crosswalk and had the right of way when Komlani made a left turn into them. Continue reading
Taxi drivers are the latest to say nay to Mayor de Blasio’s proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages — slamming a provision that would give the hansom cab drivers green taxi permits once their horses are banned.
Two unions said Sunday that the scheme is bad for cab drivers and horse carriage operators as well.
“You can’t treat workers like they’re pieces on a chess board and just move them around,” said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the Taxi Workers Alliance.
Sisters Elena Kriegner (left) and Herta Kriegner’s graphic design company gets numerous calls that are meant for the car service app.
The weather forecast calls for rain and snow in the Big Apple on Wednesday, which means Herta Kriegner will be inundated with calls from people looking to book an Uber ride — or to complain about Uber’s service.
“On days when it rains, it’s worse. I think tomorrow will be a really bad day. The phones will ring off the hook,” said Kriegner, 47.
Only Kriegner doesn’t work for Uber Technologies, the $17 billion taxi-hail app company that wants to take over the taxi industry. Continue reading
Medallion Financial, the only publicly traded company operated by a family that owns hundreds of yellow taxi medallions, saw its share price hit a three-year low during trading Monday.
Medallion Financial’s stock has fallen 42% in the past year and was selling for $9.28 per share, the lowest point in three years. The drop in the company’s share price coincided with the rise of Uber, the San Francisco-based e-hail firm that has seen its own valuation rise to an eye-popping $40 billion.
Medallion’s steep drop also comes amid questions about how the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission reports medallion prices. For years, according to the agency, the value of medallions—the city-issued permit that drivers must rent or own to drive a yellow cab—seemed only to climb, selling at auctions for as much as $1.3 million each. But an inquiry by The New York Times revealed that medallions sold for an average of $872,000 in October, a 17% drop since spring 2013.
The TLC denied that its reports were inaccurate, but a trade group representing yellow-cab operators is calling for an investigation.
Andrew Murstein, president of Medallion Financial, said he was bewildered by the drop in his company’s share price.
A Brooklyn fruit store manager was claiming Friday that he and an employee were victimized by overzealous inspectors, who deemed their private car an illegal taxi and seized it.
As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported exclusively, Williamsburg grocer Mayer Kohn said he feels the car was “stolen.”
He said he was just making a trip to restock his supply of bananas when he became ensnared in a nightmare courtesy of taxi inspectors.
“I’m very angry,” Kohn said. “The whole night I did not get sleep, because I see what police can do with the people.”
Kohn’s story is simple. He had Paulino Rodriguez, who has worked for him for 13 years, drive him to the nearby Pepe’s fruit wholesaler. But on the way back to his store, he was stopped by Taxi and Limousine Commissioners, who claimed Rodriguez was driving an illegal taxi.
They impounded the car and gave him a $2,000 ticket.