State asks judge to delay hearing on taxi congestion pricing

The state Attorney General’s Office and taxi medallion owners want to delay a hearing on the city’s for-hire-car congestion-pricing law for two more weeks, sources said Monday.

The owners filed suit last week, claiming that state legislators passed the law, which requires a surcharge on for-hire rides south of Manhattan’s 96th Street, without considering the effect it would have on the taxi industry.

Supreme Court Justice Martin Shulman on Thursday issued an order halting implementation of the law, and set a hearing for Jan. 3.

But now the state has told the owners it needs an extra two weeks to formulate its argument in favor of the law — which is OK with the plaintiffs because it may put off enforcement.

“We completely support the delay,” said medallion owner Carolyn Protz.

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