Source: WSJ.com The state Court of Appeals upheld the mayor's plan to allow a new class of taxi service in boroughs outside Manhattan, reversing a lower court that said the mayor had skirted City Council opposition by going to the state Legislature instead. The ruling is a major victory for Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his efforts to overhaul the way the city's taxis, liveries, black cars and limousines operate. The mayor wants to allow up to 18,000 livery cars to begin offering street-hail service in areas that are underserved by the existing city fleet of 13,287 yellow cabs. Most taxis now do virtually all of their business at the city airports and in Manhattan's business and nightlife districts.
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