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Judge Rules on Long Beach Taxi Medallions

Court says Beech Street Taxi has rights to licenses since Long Beach Taxi allowed them to expire.


A number of medallions that John Marsala, owner of Long Beach Taxi, formerly held are not his property, but are those of his rival, Beech Street Taxi owner Thomas Cipolla, Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Thomas Phelan ruled last week.

In 2008, Marsala sued the City of Long Beach after officials did not renew 22 of his medallions that he let expire and gave seven of them to Cipolla, and Phelan decided in part that because the medallions had expired, Marsala was not entitled to an appeal under the city’s code, and that the city was fair to issue them to Cipolla since they were inactive, according to Newsday. Marsala's attorney, Michael Zapson, who is also chairman of the said he and his client would appeal the decision.

The court’s ruling is the latest development in an ongoing feud between the two cab companies, and in recent months Cipolla has taken his concerns to the City Council. He contends that Marsala broke an agreement they made with former City Manager Charles Theofan, who instructed each taxi company to operate stirctly on either side of the Long Island Rail Road station on Park Avenue. Marsala, whose Long Beach Taxi exclusively leases the east of the station, has some of his drivers park on the west side of the station, which Cipolla said is supposed to be an area exclusively for his Beach Street Taxi cabs.

But Marsala and Zapson contend that the meeting with Theofan neve happened, and that the west side is public property and therefore Long Beach Taxi can park their cabs there. 

longbeachcat April 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
If the west side of the station is public property, can I park my car there for free instead of paying $250.00 to park in the LIRR lot?
emd563 April 11, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I'm glad the Beech Street Taxi owner won. There needs to be choice in taxi service in our city.
Lloyd April 11, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Dont celebrate just yet. It ain't quite over. Marsala and Zapson can't accept defeat so they're appealing the judge's decision. What a bunch of -----.
Lloyd April 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Since John Marsala doesn't want to face the consequences of the judge's decision against Long Beach Taxi, can we now refer to him as "Chicken Marsala"?
The real bear April 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Take that Zapson. Hack!!!!!!!!!!!
Dan April 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
If you think Beech St Taxi services the community, I think you are really in for a surprise. The quality of drivers there , for the most part, are severely lacking. Most of the drivers there used to work for Long Beach Taxi but no longer do for a reason. During the summer, they will not take you out of town and if it is a busy holiday for the bars, they won't go past Long Beach Rd. Their business is in receivership. Cipolla screwed several people out of money. If this is the quality taxi you are looking for in Beech St, then you won't find it there.
Lloyd April 12, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I dont know about either of them. Whenever we need a cab ride to the airport my gal calls All Island Taxi in Island Park. She claims theyre cheaper and they usually have cabs at the airport for immediate pickup there too.
Lucy Centeno April 14, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Verrrry Goooood Lloyd. That gave me a chuckle for the day.
kate July 08, 2012 at 08:06 PM
agree 100%
kate July 08, 2012 at 08:07 PM
long beach taxi is 10x better than beech street taxi

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