OSWEGO, NY – Local Law No. 1 of 2013 rode a unanimous vote to approval at Monday night’s council meeting.
The law amends Chapter 228 (Taxicabs) of the Code of the City of Oswego, in particular who can be taxi divers in the Port City.
Last fall, the first version of the law was the target of a lawsuit filed by the Workforce Advocacy Center.
The law barred persons with felony convictions from driving taxis, the center’s founder and CEO claimed.
However, on Monday night, Jeremy Zielinski spoke in favor of the latest incarnation.
Laws and polices that discriminate against people with criminal records are inaccurate and counter-productive, he said.
The proposed law now proposes that licensing be done in accordance with New York Human Rights Law Section 296 and New York Correction Law Article 23-A.
“We changed the code so that it reflected the state’s Correction Law, which has the appeals process for this type of thing spelled out. So if someone feels they have been wrongfully treated, the appeals process is now clearly marked,” explained Sixth Ward Councilor Eric VanBuren. “It makes the whole thing more clear for those involved.”
The center will be monitoring very closely to make sure the council’s action “wasn’t just for show,” Zielinski said Monday night.
The local law shall become effective immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.