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City plans to move forward with Taxi of Tomorrow

capitalnewyork.com — The de Blasio administration has informed people in the taxi industry that it intends to move forward with a Bloomberg-era plan to replace most existing taxis with a uniform "Taxi of Tomorrow," according to one knowledgeable source. That person expects the announcement will happen on Friday.

Clinton joins Bloomberg to talk about data programs

capitalnewyork.com — Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got together Monday to talk to the media about the power of data to spur international progress and prevent unwanted outcomes.

Citi Bike gets harsh audit, promises improvement

capitalnewyork.com — More than six weeks after Citi Bike announced new management and an infusion of cash, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer issued an audit decrying the mismanagement that precipitated the overhaul in the first place. "New York City Bike Share's management of Citi Bike left too many New Yorkers in the lurch," Stringer said in a statement.

For public housing needs, City Hall turns to the private sector

capitalnewyork.com — Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print In a new twist in his affordable housing plan, Mayor Bill de Blasio intends to ask the private sector for significant help in funding the upkeep of the city's public housing.

The Council's vanishing property-tax commission

capitalnewyork.com — In April, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito unveiled an ambitious proposal to re-imagine New York City's property tax code. Because Mayor Bill de Blasio's first budget proposal would continue to rely on revenue generated by a property tax code experts across the political spectrum consider insane, Mark-Viverito suggested, in response, that she and the mayor create another commission to examine the issue.

Clinton 'very pleased' feds investigating Garner case

capitalnewyork.com — During a paid speech in Boston on Thursday afternoon, Hillary Clinton addressed the fraught case of the New York Police Department and Eric Garner. "Before I begin today, I want to say a few words about the pain and frustration that many Americans are feeling about our criminal justice system," said the former secretary of state, during a speech to the Massachusetts Convention of Women at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Bratton defends grand jury and 'useful' body cameras

capitalnewyork.com — "As it relates to the grand jury finding, we must remember that under our system of law, that's the entity that has seen more of the evidence, heard all of the witnesses, and based on that totality, all of that information, which none of the rest of us have at this point in time, they arrived at a decision that resulted in their 'no true bill decision,'" he said, using the legal term for a grand jury's decision not to indict.

City threatens Uber over customer-data stance

capitalnewyork.com — Today, an Uber executive named Nicole Benincasa testified at a New York City Council hearing that the fast-growing, politically aggressive taxi-app company was in full compliance with city law when it comes to the way it handles data about its customers' trips.

Economist: Big taxi-sharing study gets it wrong

capitalnewyork.com — A prominent New York City transportation economist disagrees with a widely circulated M.I.T. study that found taxi-sharing apps could cut the size of the fleet by 40 percent and drastically reduce congestion on city streets. "They got all these great algorithms and these equations and they did that very meticulously," the economist, Charles Komanoff, told Capital.

Uber launches another 'profound' innovation in NYC

capitalnewyork.com — Starting Thursday, Uber users will be able to carpool using a service called "uberPOOL," something the taxi app company said would have "profound" implications for New York City. "For every fully utilized uberPOOL car on the road, eight cars could be taken off the road," wrote an Uber blogger called Kimiko.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @joepompeo: Dan Doctoroff bid farewell to Bloomberg L.P. in a parting memo on his last day with the company this afternoon: capi.tl/1wUP5ru

Dec 19, 2014

RT @KevinMaddenDC: Obviously never tried to board an Amtrak train at NY Penn Station, then RT @mviser: "People are basically good." -- President Obama

Dec 19, 2014

RT @DanGarodnick: .@NYCACC will be at 150 E. 74th Street tomorrow (12/20) from 12-4pm with some great cats and dogs for adoption. Please share.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @MiriamElder: Obama: We will issue a proportionate response to North Korea as soon as we are done banning men.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @allisonkilkenny: No male reporters get to ask a question AND The Interview got canceled. Sorry bros.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @NiallStanage: Whatever one's ideology, hard to dispute @BarackObama's contention that the US is falling "way behind" on infrastructure.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BoingBoing: Obama: I think it says something about #NorthKorea that they had state launch all-out attack on movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @LukeRussert: Oh man Politico Europe just had their first ad created by the President of the United States

Dec 19, 2014

RT @Azi: cc @mikeallen RT @hunterw: OBAMA: "There's no doubt what Belgium needs is a version of Politico."

Dec 19, 2014

RT @patkiernan: Obama: "Sony made a mistake" in canceling The Interview. He says he wishes they had consulted him ahead of decision.

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