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Mayor Bloomberg Scoffs at Effort to Stop Nissan’s New NYC Taxi

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Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed as nonsense City Comptroller John C. Liu’s effort to stop a deal the city has made with Nissan Motor Co. to provide a new model of taxi cab.

The New York Times reported last night that Liu will announce today that he won’t approve the contract, citing people familiar with the matter who weren’t identified. Liu has been critical of the deal since it was announced last year because the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow isn’t wheelchair accessible.

“It isn’t worth spending a lot of time trying to decipher why some of these things are done,” the mayor said today on his weekly show on WOR radio. “I’m not here to assassinate anybody, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense. In fact it doesn’t matter. We can go ahead and do it anyways, which we will.”

The City Charter allows the mayor to override objections to contracts by the comptroller, the Times said, citing legal analysts.

Liu has scheduled a press conference for 11:15 a.m. on the topic, though his office hasn’t provided more detail.

The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

To contact the reporter on this story: Esme E. Deprez in New York at edeprez@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net

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