In May, the New York City Council’s Transportation Committee held a hearing on the City’s Executive Budget to discuss the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s upcoming fiscal year proposed budget. TLC Acting Commissioner Bill Heinzen testified and outlined the TLC’s focus and goals over the past year, as well as for the near future – including the growth of the TLC’s FHV accessibility program, the moratorium on issuing new FHV licenses, the upcoming deadline on their congestion study (along with recommendations going forward) and the fate of underutilized Green Cab grants.
At the meeting, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Transportation Committee, stated, “I want to be sure that the new leadership in the TLC knows that we need to save the industry. We need to be sure that all taxi drivers – yellow, black and livery – know that we are here to support them for the great services they provide.”
Mr. Rodriguez went on to praise The Black Car Fund for its recently announced Mental Health Program, in partnership with the Independent Drivers Guild, and asked the TLC about the possibility of expanding the model. “I hope also that at some point during this budget, we can have a conversation about how the TLC can work together with stakeholders such as The Black Car Fund to continue expanding the mental health program that they have announced in the last week,” he said. “I would like to encourage you and your team to look at what The Black Car Fund has already put together and see how we can complement or learn from them.”
Source: The Black Car Fund