Raphael Ziegler, chairman of the Rockland County Taxi and Livery Coalition, said he’s disappointed that legislators once again tabled a proposal to make Rockland County the sole licensing agency for taxis, limousines and the like.
Legislator Ilan Schoenbeger, D-Wesley Hills, and Vice Chairman William Darden, D-Hillcrest, said at last night’s meeting that more time was needed for discussions with Spring Valley, which does not want the county’s plan to mean a crush of new taxis operating in the village.
“I think Spring Valley had plenty of time to work this out,” Ziegler said. “I think they should have done this a long time ago.”
The plan was first introduced in the spring of 2006. To become the county’s sole licensing agency, the county needs home-rule legislation from the state. Currently, state law allows towns and villages to license livery service companies on their own.
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Seniors who need transportation to medical appointments within the county can get a voucher for up to $6 each way. The county’s Office for the Aging is sponsoring the program and is contracting with the Rockland Taxi Company to provide the service.
Vouchers can be picked up at the office, in Building B of the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Complex in Ramapo (everyone calls it Pomona because of the ZIP, but it’s not within the village’s boundaries), betwee 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They also can be mailed to residents homes.
Those receiving the vouchers must be at least 60 and must provide proof of residency.
The New York State Office for the Aging provided a $13,352 grant to the county for the program, which is similar to one in Suffern and at the Montebello Commons complex. Seniors living in those areas are asked to keep using those programs.
Want to know more? Call the Rockland Office for the Aging at 845-364-2108.
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