NEW YORK — As taxi drivers continue to protest the city’s medallion relief plan, NY1 political anchor Errol Louis was joined by a special panel on “Inside City Hall” on Friday evening that called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to do more to provide relief for taxi drivers who are facing crushing debt.

Bhairavi Desai, the president of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, and Queens Assemblyman Zohran Mamdani explained the ongoing plight of drivers and why they argue the city’s relief plan doesn’t go far enough. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan includes a $20,000 down payment to restructure loan principles, but drivers are hoping to receive increases in loan forgiveness.

And longtime taxi driver Richard Chow shared his personal story dealing with more than $400,000 in debt, and discussed the death of his brother, also a driver, who took his own life.


Watch the full interview above.


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