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East Hampton postpones hearing for cabbie facing felony

An East Hampton Licensing Review Board hearing for a Springs taxi cab owner who allegedly forged licensing documents has been postponed to Aug. 17.

Despite the delay, Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said Jaime Uzhcha’s license will remain suspended until the hearing, which he said was postponed pending resolution of a felony charge. The original hearing had been scheduled for last Wednesday.

The review board hearing is the first to be held by the town on a taxi license revocation request.

Sendlenski said Uzhcha operates a two-car cab company, Jimmy’s Taxi Service, out of his home and that as a single-family homeowner, he is allowed to own and operate up to two cabs.

But Sendlenski said Uzhcha transferred two stickers that are to be placed on the front and rear windows of licensed cabs from one car that had been properly licensed to another that was not licensed by the town. He said Uzhcha also changed the stickers’ expiration date from 2015 to 2016 by writing in the date.

Uzhcha pleaded not guilty last month in East Hampton Town Justice Court to possession of a forged instrument and faces 1 to 7 years in jail and 5 years of probation. He was released on $250 bail.

“The criminal case is not done yet,” Sendlenski said. “His license will remain suspended.”

Regarding the felony charge, Uzhcha’s attorney, Carl Irace of East Hampton, said, “We have an offer of a noncriminal disposition — for it to be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.”

Irace said the next date for the felony case to be heard in East Hampton Town Justice Court is Aug. 11.

Irace said in a previous interview that the case is “complicated.” There were actually three cars involved, he said, and one of the cars in Uzhcha’s two-cab fleet, a Crown Victoria, was “out of commission,” so he took the stickers from that car and put them onto an Econoline 250 Club Wagon.


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