Taxi Fleet Owner Tries to Make Bloomberg Remember Foul-Mouthed Threat

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers the annual State of the City address at the Barclays Center on February 14, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Bloomberg cited positive statistics including a record 52 million visitors to the city and a record low 419 homicides in 2012 while calling for a ban on styrofoam in the city.
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After Mayor Bloomberg (allegedly) told a medallion owner, "I am going to destroy your fucking industry," last week, taxi boss Evgeny Freidman tattled to the Post, but apparently he doesn't consider a few pun-filled headlines sufficient punishment. The New York Times reports that Freidman has filed a complaint in federal court claiming Bloomberg expressed "retaliatory intentions" against him. Bloomberg said on Wednesday that he can't remember the profanity-laced exchange over the Taxi of Tomorrow, but curiously, he described it in his radio address last week. “Guy came up to me last night at Madison Square Garden,” Bloomberg recalled. “He said, ‘I sued you for that.’ He was very proud of it.” Still, Bloomberg didn't say anything about putting "destroy fucking taxi industry" on his list of things to do, and it sounds like his sudden amnesia might come in handy.