The brand new economic system pitfalls for-hire automotive driver blamed for his dramatic Metropolis Corridor suicide might worsen earlier than they get higher, stated Mayor de Blasio.
The mayor stated psychological well being points seemingly performed a task in Doug Schifter’s determined determination Monday morning to drag his rented automotive beside a Metropolis Corridor gate and shoot himself within the face with a rifle.
Although Schifter held De Blasio partly answerable for the circumstances that he stated put him on the finish of his rope, the mayor expressed sorrow over the motive force’s loss of life, saying he wished Schiffer had gotten the assistance he wanted to kind out his struggles.
“My coronary heart goes out to him and his household,” de Blasio stated throughout a information convention at police headquarters..
“Look, let’s face it, for somebody to commit suicide means there’s an underlying psychological well being problem. Financial misery is actual however lots of people have confronted financial misery and don’t flip to suicide. One thing else was occurring there and to me it implies that this man wanted assist and he didn’t get it, and I want he had, and we have to determine continuously the best way to get assist to individuals who want it.”
Schifter, 61, posted a suicide observe on Fb shortly earlier than killing himself at 7:10 a.m., recounting the automotive business’s woes — which he laid on the toes of de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Schifter stated he was exasperated over the flood of e-hail autos which have upended the automotive service business, reducing the worth of once-coveted medallions, and forcing drivers to double their hours simply to make ends meet.
The motive force identified de Blasio’s first-term failure to place a cap on the proliferation of vehicles taking journeys with Uber and different apps.
“I did attempt to regulate that sector,” de Blasio.
“There was quite a lot of opposition unquestionably. We’ve obtained to determine a method ahead and I believe one of many issues that got here out of that entire debate is we’ve obtained to determine a set of requirements that applies to all components of the for-hire car business equally and concurrently.”
However New Yorkers have to face the truth that this drawback isn’t going away anytime quickly, de Blasio stated, and will get even worse.
“There’s a a lot larger menace looming which is autonomous autos which has the potential of displacing actually thousands and thousands of jobs on this nation, and also you don’t see policymakers getting forward of it and developing with options and that is what worries me about it,” de Blasio stated.
“I believe persons are actually distressed. I believe you noticed it within the 2016 election. They’re actually distressed concerning the tempo of technological change and the dearth of solutions.”