Bill to legalize livery street hails runs out of gas in Albany

THE BRONX - A bill that would allow livery cab drivers to legally pick up street hails has hit a snag in Albany.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) says that there's still no agreement on the measure and that he expects to veto it until the Legislature reconvenes next year. The debate surrounds the number of wheelchair accessible cars and whether livery drivers should have the right to make airport pickups.

If the proposal goes through, 30,000 livery cars would be able to accept street hails in the outer boroughs and in upper Manhattan. It also would call on the Taxi and Limousine Commission to release 1,500 new medallions in a move that would raise $1 billion for the city.

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