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Thompson, Weiner At Odds Over Five Borough Taxi Plan

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Anthony Weiner and Bill Thompson are squaring off on the mayor's five borough taxi plan. Weiner says it's flawed, while Thompson says the former congressman may not understand it. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Anthony Weiner wants to expand ferry service.

"The idea would be, we've got to think more creatively," he said.

His position on another transportation issue, though, was the one making waves.

"If you have a livery cab service that you rely upon in the Bronx, kiss it goodbye, because now those cars are going to be cruising in Manhattan looking for fares," Weiner said. "It's structurally problematic."

Weiner's comments were met with criticism by fellow Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson.

"I think it just shows a complete lack of understanding of what this legislation means, a total lack of what people outside of Manhattan go through," Thompson said.

After a protracted court battle, the mayor's proposal to expand street hail service to all five boroughs is now being rolled out.

The fight over the plan is apparently continuing, however. It's now between Weiner and Thompson.

"Why is it that a taxi has to be brand new in Manhattan and we're saying that you can have an old one hacked up to transport residents from Sheepshead Bay?" Weiner said.

"Either he doesn't care or he doesn't understand," Thompson said.

Another leading candidate, Christine Quinn, may have her own transit troubles.

NY1 has learned that an anti-Quinn group filed a complaint with the city's campaign finance board, questioning trips she took to Houston, Chicago and San Diego.

The trips were paid for by a group called the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

Quinn did not disclose the expense on her campaign finance filing, arguing that the trips were government-related, but she has about $20,000 in contributions from people in these cities during the same time period as the trips.

The complaint alleges that she violated campaign finance law.

A spokesman from the Quinn camp said, "We work diligently to report any and all costs related to fundraising for the campaign. We continue to review any expenses related to fundraising for the campaign to ensure full compliance of reporting requirements."

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