NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is supporting a lawsuit against the city and the mayor filed by taxi fleet owners.

They want to block a law allowing car services to pick up passengers who hail them on the street in the outer boroughs and above 96th Street in Manhattan.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

De Blasio said the plan will do more harm than good.

“I think it’s going to make it harder for people who own taxi medallions to be able do their job, I think the value of the medallions could well go down, I think the outer borough on-call car services can be compromised,” he told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks. “I thought this plan was built wrong to begin with.”

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb On The Story

De Blasio filed a brief saying the mayor exceeded his authority by issuing new medallions for those cabs, adding only City Council has that ability.

“This lawsuit is simple. It says you can’t make a decision of this importance for the City of New York without the City Council being involved,” De Blasio told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb. “You can’t have the state Legislature make a decision and leave the City Council of New York City out.”

Advocates said it benefits New Yorkers in areas where taxis are hard to find.

“We are solving a problem that has been decades in the making,” TLC Commissioner David Yassky said last month.

A judge will hear the case Thursday.  

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