April 2, 2002
Re: TLC License number 5081212 and 5093363
NY Supreme Court, Index No. 123003/2001
Dear Mr. Hardekopf,
I am in receipt of a letter from you dated March 22, 2002 in which you demand that I submit documents to you from California or Virginia by Friday April 5, 2002 at 3:00 PM, failing which "will result in the immediate suspension of your TLC license and/or the issuance of fines until compliance."
No such documents exist, or if they did exist I would have no idea or the facilities or the means to obtain them. It is true that I used to live in California and I transferred my drivers license from California to New York in about 1996. However, it is obvious that you are just on a fishing expedition. It has become apparent that you are pursuing a personal vendetta against me.
I have a family to support. I have a new wife and a four-month-old baby. You are preventing me from working and earning a living to support of my family, all in furtherance of your personal vendetta against me. You and your organization have been harassing me for nearly one year.
By order dated February 27, 2002, the New York Supreme Court ordered you to issue me TLC Hack License number 5081212. You were notified of this order by telephone on March 1, 2002. The order was entered, filed and served on March 4, 2002. The decision and order was published in the New York Law Journal. You have 30 days to appeal from that order, and the time to appeal expires today.
I attended a meeting of the New York City Council on Friday, March 15, 2002, where Matthew W. Daus, Chairman of the TLC, testified. After Mr. Daus finished testifying about how everything is going wonderfully well at the TLC and after the City Council members finished complimenting Mr. Daus on the fine job that he is doing, I just tried to ask Mr. Daus one question, which is when is he going to comply with the order of the court and give me my hack license. I was not allowed to ask this question.
A few minute later, outside of City Council Chambers, Lisa R. Rana, Chief of Staff of the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, told me that the TLC does not have to comply with the court order or to issue me the license because the order had been appealed. She then instructed Peter Mazer, TLC General Counsel, who was also present, not to discuss the case with me because the case is in litigation, she said.
I then went down to the courthouse at 60 Centre Street and found out that Lisa Rana was lying. The TLC had not filed a notice of appeal and in fact still to this day has not filed a notice of appeal.
Not only is Lisa Rana a liar but everybody at the TLC seems to be a liar. This seems to be the modus operandi of your entire organization.
I understand that the reason that you are willfully disobeying and ignoring the court order of Judge Diane A. Lebedeff is that the City of New York cannot be held in contempt for disobeying a court order. This explains why you have done none of the things that you were ordered to do by the court.
This is to notify you that if you do not forthwith issue to me TLC License number 5081212, I will seek to have you held in contempt court.
Furthermore, it is a violation of the canons of legal ethics for a lawyer to disobey a court order. I looked you up and you are a licensed lawyer. Therefore, I shall seek to have you disbarred from the practice of law.
Very Truly Yours,
NYC Corporate Counsel
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