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Mayor Bloomberg unleashes tirade against taxi boss

Published On: May 22 2013 12:33:13 PM CDT
Updated On: May 22 2013 12:35:59 PM CDT
Michael Bloomberg

Jason Reed/Reuters

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly had unpleasant words for the chief executive officer of a taxi company who won a court case against the city.

A witness said they overheard Mayor Bloomberg say at a meeting at the 1879 Club at Madison Square Garden, "I will destroy your [expletive] industry," when talking to Taxi Club Management CEO Gene Freidman, the Washington Times reported. Friedman subsequently confirmed the exchange to The New York Post and added that Mr. Bloomberg also said that come January — when his mayoral term wraps — he would destroy "all you [expletive] guys," referring to cabbies and their management in New York.

The court case that had Mr. Bloomberg so upset centered on the mayor's attempt to replace the city's cab fleet with hybrid vehicles — a plan called the Taxi of Tomorrow. The judge ruled that the mayor couldn’t order the fleet change because it violated city code.

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