After a crane collapse injured seven construction workers in Long Island City, the Department of Buildings sought to revoke the crane operator’s Class B HMO license. ALJ Tynia D. Richard found that the operator violated Department rules by lifting a load without having verified its weight, which weight exceeded the crane’s capacity by 85%, by failing to lift from the area designated on approved plans, and by failing to have the approved load chart accessible. The ALJ recommended revocation of the license. Dep’t of Buildings v. Geer, OATH Index No. 1288/13 (Dec. 18, 2013).
The Taxi and Limousine Commission alleged that a taxicab driver made inappropriate sexually suggestive remarks to a female passenger about her relationship status and sexuality and asked the passenger for a hug. ALJ John B. Spooner credited the passenger’s testimony and recommended that the driver’s license be revoked, noting that the comments were made late at night to a lone female passenger during a relatively long ride. Taxi and Limousine Comm’n v. Kamal, OATH Index No. 641/14 (Dec. 12, 2013).
In a discretionary license revocation proceeding, the Taxi and Limousine Commission proved that a taxicab driver stopped his vehicle in traffic, approached the car behind him, struck its window on one occasion, and yelled at its driver. ALJ Ingrid M. Addison did not find credible the complaining witness’s testimony that the driver threatened to “beat the shit” out of him and kill him. Nor did she find credible the testimony of the complaining witness’s wife, that the driver struck their car on multiple occasions. ALJ Addison recommended a 30-day suspension of respondent’s taxicab driver’s license, a fine of $1,350, and six points on the license. Taxi & Limousine Comm’n v. Ali, OATH Index No. 998/14 (Dec. 11, 2013).