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Livery cab driver shot himself after railing at politicians

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By KAREN MATTHEWS
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - A livery cab driver who shot himself to death outside New York's City Hall had posted on Facebook hours earlier that politicians had destroyed "a once thriving industry" and driven him to financial ruin.

Police say Douglas Schifter drove up to the east gate of City Hall on Monday morning and shot himself in the head. He died at the scene.

In his Facebook posting, Schifter had decried the transformation of New York City's taxi industry in recent years.

Major changes include the introduction of ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft, which now outnumber the city's iconic yellow cabs.

Taxi and Limousine records show that Schifter had driven livery cabs, black cars and limousines since the early 1980s.

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