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In re
Bl-ack
CarAssistance
Corporation,et
aJ-.,
Petitioners
-Appel
lants,-against-
The
Cityof
New
York, etaf.,
Re
spondent
s
-Re
spondents
,
Metropolitan
Taxicab
Board
ofTrade, et
â1.,
f
nte
rvenor
-Re
spondent
s
-Re
spondent
s
Gibson,
Dunn
&
Crutcher
LLP,
New
York
(Randy
M.
Mastro
of
counsel),for
appell-ants.
Friedman,
10904
Michael
A
Sternberg
J.PSweeny,
Richter,
Manzanet-Daniels,
JJ.
Index
I00321
/
1.3
Cardozo,
Corporation
Counsel,
New
York
(Ronald
E.
of
counsel)
,for
respondents.
Emery
CelliBrinckerhoff
&
Abady
LLP,
New
York
(Richard
D.
Emery
of counsel),for
inervenor-respondents.
Judgment,
Supreme
Court,
New
York County
(Carol-
Huff,
J.
)
'
enLered
April 26,
201-3t
which
denied
thepetitiontoen;oin
theimpJ-ementation
of
respondent
Taxi
andLimousine
Commission's
(TLC)twel-ve-month
pilot
program
to alfowmedallion
cabs
to
arrange
passenger
pickups
via
smart
phone
applications
(E-HailProgram),
vacated
the
t.emporary
rest.rainingorder,
anddismissed
the
proceeding
broughtpursuant
to
CPLR
articl-eJB,
unanimously
affirmed,without
costs.
1I
 
Petitioners,entitiesthat
represent
or
have
financialinterestsin
businesses
that
operate
blackor
J-ívery
cars,filedtheinstantpetitionfor
an
order
decfarj-ng
theE-hail
Program
null
and
void, arguingthat
respondent
TLC
exceeded
itsauthorityin
adopting
this
programf
thatprovisionsof the
program
improperlydepart
from
applícabJ-e
provisionsof the
New
York
CityAdministrative
Code,and
that
t.heprogram
r¡/as
adopted
without
complyi-ng
wíth
procedures
required to
change
rules
pursuant
to
the
New
York
CityAdministrative
Procedure
Act
(CAPA)
and
inviol-ationof the State
Environmental-
Quality
Review
Act
(SEQRA).
Contrary
t.o
petitioners'
arguments,
theE-HaiI
Program complies
with the
pJ-ainlanguage
of
New
York
CityCharter
Section
2303
(b)
(9),asit
was
adopted
for the"limit.ed
purpose"
of
studying thefeasabil-ity of using
smarl
phone
applicationto hail
medall-ion
taxis
and
for
t.he
"l-imitedtime"of
l-2
months,
AdditionaIly,the
program
complies
withAdministrative
Code
S
19-
511
(a)requiring theIicensing of
communications
systems
upon
such
terms
as
TLC
deems
advisable
bygiving
TLC
the authority
to
issue
temporary
authorizationsfor the
communications
systems
needed
to
accept
passenger
hailselectronically,as
t.hose
authorizationsfunction as
temporary,
Iimited
1icenses
appropriateforapilot
program.
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