New York State’s highest court on Thursday reinstated the city’s plan to expand street-hail taxi service beyond Manhattan, overturning a lower-court ruling that had stalled the action last year.

The decision cleared the way for the city to issue up to 18,000 “hail licenses” for livery cabs in northern Manhattan and the other boroughs — upholding a cornerstone of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s taxi policy and stirring the consternation of yellow-taxi operators who have opposed the change.

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