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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 213-04
August 4, 2004

MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG, TAXI AND LIMOUSINE COMMISSION CHAIR MATTHEW W. DAUS AND NYC & CO. HAIL TOP LICENSEES IN 2004 DRIVER RECOGNITION CEREMONY

grMayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Taxi and Limousine Commissioner (TLC) Chairman Matthew W. Daus and NYC & Company today extended the City's thanks for the job done by New York City's most outstanding professional drivers.  The TLC's 2004 Driver Recognition Ceremony was held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Manhattan.

"Professional taxicab and for-hire vehicle drivers play an important role in keeping New York City moving," said Mayor Bloomberg.  "Today we honor those who provide an invaluable service to this City.  Taxi drivers do more than move New Yorkers, they are part of our urban environment and they distinguish our City and with their work ethic and commitment to New York."

Drivers were recognized for "Integrity," for the return of precious lost property; "Hospitality," for outstanding friendliness and courtesy; "Ambassador," for excellence in presenting our city to visitors; "Lifetime Achievement," for longevity combined with dedication; and "The Extra Mile," who provided assistance above and beyond the call of duty.

"Today's honorees are the cream of the crop," said Chairman Daus. "Not only do they do a tough job and make it look easy, but they provide an outstanding example to their brother and sister drivers.  Today is about expressing our pride in these drivers, and letting them bask in some well-earned praise for a job well done."

"Professional drivers often have the privilege of leaving the first impressions of New York City with visiting tourists," said Cristyne L. Nicholas, President and CEO of NYC & Company. "These exemplary drivers deserve their share of accolades for the City's booming popularity with visitors from around the world, and we're here today to say thank you to them in the most visible way possible."

The day's principal honoree was Nestor Sulpico, who, earlier this month, returned approximately $78,000 worth of rare Micronesian black pearl jewelry.  Lawrence Policastro, the owner of the jewels, was so moved by Mr. Sulpico's honesty that he is creating a special fund to help Mr. Sulpico fulfill his dream of becoming a nurse.

NYC 2012 donated hats to all the attendees and drivers were also treated to copies of the popular "The New York City Cabbie Cookbook," autographed by the author, Mary Ellen Winston.  Honorees also took part in drawings for donated gifts, including weekend packages at the Alex Hotel, tickets to New York Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones baseball games, a baseball signed by Al Leiter of the Mets, and dinners for two at some of New York City's best restaurants, arranged through the NYS Restaurant Association.  Participating restaurants include Sardi's, Tavern on the Green, ESPN Zone, BB King's Blues Club, 21 Club, Café Boulud, The Water Club, Naples Ristorante, Rosie O'Grady's and Gramercy Grill.







MEDIA CONTACT:


Edward Skyler / Jordan Barowitz   (212) 788-2958

Allan Fromberg   (TLC)
(212) 676-1013




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