Lawyers Argue for Taxi Law at NY’s Top Court

ALBANY (AP) -

New York City officials are asking the state’s top court to allow them to expand taxi service.

The state Court of Appeals is hearing arguments Wednesday over a law that would allow livery cabs to pick up passengers who hail them on streets in upper Manhattan and the other boroughs. Currently, only yellow cabs can do that.

The state Legislature approved the “Street Hail Livery Law” several years ago. But a trial-level judge ruled that the plan violates the state constitution’s “home rule” provisions, which protect cities from undue interference by state legislators.

City officials have said the plan would make travel safer, easier and cheaper for millions of people and provide the city hundreds of millions of dollars from medallion sales.