Monday, May 2, 2022

NYC's Pick For New TLC Commissioner

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has put forward David Do, who Leads the Washington, D.C., Department of For-Hire Vechicles, as his pick to Run the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).

Do, the Department's Executive Director, has reshaped its programs to meet the needs of Passengers and Drivers amid the Pandemic and launched Transit Equity initiatives. One is DC MicroTransit, which offers On-Demand Shuttle Service for Riders stuck in a Mass Transit, no-man's-land, between Trains and Buses.

Adams' selection, who must be considered for Confirmation by the City Council within 30 days, would fill the Vacancy left by Adam’s first pick, former TLC Commissioner Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk. She Resigned in March, after recordings of her chiding and cursing at her Staff became Public.

Adams said he was confident Do has the Skills to effectively lead the City’s Taxi Industry, as it Recovers from Covid-19 upheavals and the Medallion Debt crisis.

“After a financial crisis and a devastating pandemic, a strong taxi industry is a prerequisite to a just and equitable economic recovery for our city,” Adams said in a statement, “and this administration is going to deliver that for New Yorkers.”

Former TLC Commissioner Matthew Daus, who ran the Agency for more than Eight years under the Bloomberg and Giuliani Administrations, said was “thrilled” with Do’s Nomination.

“I know firsthand how challenging this position is, and he is the right person–at the right time–to bring order, morale and confidence back to the TLC,” Daus said. “His experienced leadership will guide the industry toward further innovation and multimodal integration, while making strides to promote access and equity.”

Bhairavi Desai, the Executive Director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said she was pleased with the pick and Do’s Bbackground in Civil Service and Regulation. Desai said she hoped he would take an Active Role in the Debate over implementing Congestion Pricing and help meet the needs of the City’s Transit deserts.

“That requires somebody at the TLC who can think more broadly about transportation,” Desai said, “and something that I found uniquely striking about Do is that he seems to carry that perspective and interest.”

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