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New York taxi driver blamed local politicians before City Hall suicide

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Police investigate a car stopped in front of a security gate, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at City Hall in New York. Police say a man is dead after he drove the car up to the gate and shot himself in the head. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Police investigate a car stopped in front of a security gate, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at City Hall in New York. Police say a man is dead after he drove the car up to the gate and shot himself in the head. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Meredith) -- A New York City taxi driver who blamed local and state politicians for policies that "destroyed" his field of work, committed suicide outside City Hall Monday morning.

According to The New York Post, 61-year-old Douglas Schifter posted on Facebook, “Now the politicians have flooded the streets with unlimited cars and some 3,000 new ones every month still coming. There is not enough work for everybody that pays a living. This is SLAVERY NOW. … I don’t know how else to try to make a difference other than a public display of a most private affair.”

Police say Schifter drove his car, a black Nissan Altima, to the east gate of New York City Hall and shot himself with a shotgun around 7:10 a.m. local time. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Schifter posted that he worked 100-120 consecutive hours nearly every week for 14 years.

The driver also accused Mayor Bill de Blasio and the government of having a "strong bias" in favor Uber. 

“I hope with the public sacrifice I make now that some attention to the plight of the drivers and the people will be done to save them and it will have not have been in vain and also that we must stop what is happening to Government while we still have one we can vote out,” Schifter said.

A City Hall spokesman told The New York Post that their thoughts are with his family and loved ones impacted by what happened. 

A vigil has been announced via Twitter to honor his life, Tuesday at 2 p.m. in front of City Hall.

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