Taxicab Driver’s Bill of Rights

New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission
January 13, 2011

To All Interested Parties:

Industry Notice #12-01 January 13, 2011
For Immediate Release

Taxicab Drivers Bill of Rights

Rules passed by the Commission at the November 17, 2011, Commission meeting require posting of a Drivers Bill of Rights as prescribed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). As written in Sections 58-17(b)(3), 63-10(e), and 64-14(a)(5), all fleets, agents and taximeter shops must now post the Drivers Bill of Rights. This Industry Notice provides information regarding the form and format of its posting.

The Bill of Rights is now available on the agencys website ( The Bill of Rights consists of two posters: one poster relates to fleet drivers and the other to driver-owned-vehicle (DOV) drivers. All licensed agents, fleets, and meter shops shall print, laminate or frame, and post the version (or both versions, if appropriate) of the Bill of Rights most appropriate for their business model or customer base.

The form and format of the Bill of Rights shall be as follows:

  1. Printed in color.
  2. Each poster (fleet and DOV) shall be no smaller than 24 inches wide by 36 inches tall.
  3. Laminated or framed to protect from damage.
  4. Posted in plain sight near the payment window or other area where drivers regularly conduct normal and daily business transactions with the agent, fleet or meter shop.

All agents, fleets and meter shops are required to comply with the provisions of this new rule no later than February 13, 2012. Licensees not in compliance after this date can be issued a summons and a fine up to $500. Any questions about posting the Bill of Rights should be directed to the TLC call center at 212-227-6324.


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Harry Belafonte in ‘Sing Your Song’


Walking through the Harlem apartment where he grew up, recalling the grueling work his mother endured and what he saw local people go through, Harry Belafonte, in the stirring, wonderful documentary “Sing Your Song,” says his mother told him there should never be a day without a chance to address injustice.

Harry Belafonte in ‘Sing Your Song’
Joe Neumaier
Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:23:00 GMT

Lenox Coffee Looks for Success Where Others Have Failed

Lenox Coffee Looks for Success Where Others Have Failed

January 12, 2012 8:24am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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College roommates Aaron Baird and Jeffrey Green are both real estate agents and musicians. In December, they added coffee shop owner to their resumes when they opened Lenox Coffee on 129th Street. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM — When Aaron Baird spoke in July with a real estate friend about an empty space on Lenox Avenue, he had no idea he’d soon realize a longtime goal — to open a spot where people could sip coffee and relax.

Baird told college roommate Jeff Green about the location at 60 West 129th St., and, after some brainstorming sessions and a brief renovation, Lenox Coffee was born.

“It just happened,” said Baird, 31, a musician who now lives in Brooklyn. “When I lived in Harlem, I never found a cool place just to hang out. I wanted a place where people could bring their laptop and just hang out all day.”

With the addition of specialty coffee from the 49th Parallel in Vancouver, British Columbia, and an interior design that Baird calls “shipwreck chic,” the pair think they have a recipe for success.

Green, 29, said they are excited about the cafe’s potential — in spite of the odds that saw two area coffee shops close in the last couple years. La Perle Noir Cafe on Lenox Avenue and 131st Street shut down in May 2011 and was replaced by an Island Salad. Tasty News, which was located across the street, closed in 2010.

Lenox Coffee is three blocks from Marcus Samuelsson‘s Red Rooster Harlem and across the street from The Lenox condos. Red Rooster has attracted new diners to the area and The Lenox supplies a regular stream of customers to surrounding businesses. Both Green and Baird think that Lenox Avenue has the potential to compete with the restaurants and bars that have sprung up on lower Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

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African-American – News

African-American – News January 13, 2012

Best Bay Area Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations For The Family
Best Bay Area Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations For The Family (CBS Local)
Reflective, educational, uplifting or physical-here are the best ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
City unveils Strong Baby Campaign to reduce infant mortality (FOX6Now)
The City of Milwaukee and the UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health are teaming up for a new campaign they hope will lower the city’s infant mortality rate.

Landlord defends ‘white only’ pool sign (ClickOnDetroit)
A landlord wants the Ohio Civil Rights Commission on Thursday to reconsider its finding that she violated the law by posting a “white only” sign at her swimming pool.

Wilmington’s decision on where to house new African-American Heritage Center sparks debate (Delaware Online)
Harmon Carey, who heads the Afro-American Historical Society, stands in front of the Allied Kid Leather Co.

Local Congregation Recalls Martin Luther King’s Visit (Patch)
The excitement was palpable as the crowd awaited Martin Luther King, Jr., in the packed sanctuary of Congregation Solel .A On that day in June, 1966, the civil rights leader was late-and as the diverse crowd waited for him, the tension mounted.

Aretha Franklin to headline Essence Fest (The Jackson Sun)
Newly engaged queen of soul Aretha Franklin is headlining this summer’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and its other top performers include Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, Stephanie Mills, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole and others.

Former Memphis judge Bailey to speak at Vanderbilt (WAFF-TV Huntsville)
Civil rights activist and former Memphis judge D’Army Bailey will speak Thursday at Vanderbilt University Law School in commemoration of the Rev.




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* In pursuit its efforts to build casinos in New York, Genting hired a small army of lobbyists, making up for the Malaysian companys lack of familiarity in the U.S., the New York Times reports:

* Despite Cuomos claims that the state ultimately controls the process, records show that New York City actually has a surprising amount of the power over whether a new casino and convention center are built in Queens, the Wall Street Journal says:

* Two officials from Comptroller John Lius labor law division were forced out over a battle to set a prevailing wage for union furniture movers, the Post says:

* The EPA says the states rules for regulating hydrofracking are inadequate, and questions whether the state Department of Environmental Conservation has the capacity to oversee the drilling process, the Times Union reports:

* Julie Menin, the influential chair of Community Board 1, has raised a staggering $450,000 for her Manhattan borough president campaign since mid-November, the Times says: