New York TLC Gets New Commissioner

Posted on March 17, 2010 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

David Yassky succeeds Matt Daus as the top regulator of for-hire transportation in New York. Daus’ tenure resulted in stricter rules on chauffeurs and a major rip-off of taxicab passengers.

NEW YORK — Former City Councilman David Yassky has been nominated by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to head the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, the mayor announced Friday morning on his weekly radio program.

Yassky, an ally of the Bloomberg administration who paid a price at the polls in a failed run for city comptroller last year for voting to extend term limits, would replace Matthew W. Daus, a lawyer and longtime official at the commission who is leaving to work in private business. The nomination of Yassky is subject to the approval of the City Council.

Yassky, 46, represented a swath of brownstone Brooklyn and the waterfront from 2002 to 2009 before running for comptroller. He also ran for Congress in 2006. His move to the taxi agency had been widely rumored for weeks.

“David is the right guy for the job,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “He led the way in the Council in introducing fuel-efficient taxis to the City, part of our PlaNYC agenda, and as former Chairman of the Small Business Committee, he’s familiar with the issues and concerns of running a small business and many taxi drivers are in fact small business owners.

Daus earned praise from the regional chauffeured transportation industry for his willingness to work with it in devising rules and regulations, although the measures finally adopted more strictly govern what electronic devices chauffeurs can use behind the wheel.

Daus also leaves amid a growing scandal involving widespread price-gouging of taxicab customers.

Source: The New York Times, The New York Daily News, LCT Magazine

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