New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that his nominee for new chairperson of the Taxi and Limousine Commission will be its former deputy commissioner for legal affairs and general counsel, Meera Joshi.
In her prior position working for the TLC, Joshi oversaw 160,000+ licensees and spearheaded a program allowing livery vehicles to accept street hails. She also was instrumental in an effort to make half of the city's taxis wheelchair-accessible by 2020, and crash-tested by federal standards by year's end.
A source of controversy has been the fact that de Blasio is promoting a deputy and firing her boss. The mayor plans to oust Joshi's former boss, David Yassky, with whom he disagreed about a program he implemented, authorizing thousands of green "boro taxis." The yellow cab industry also opposed the green taxi plan, citing unfair competition.
The mayor has said that Joshi has, "the experience and energy to move our Taxi and Limousine Commission in a progressive direction, ensuring we prioritize New Yorkers' safety."
"I am committed to the de Blasio administration's agenda of providing equitable taxi and for-hire transportation services and safe streets for all New Yorkers," Joshi said in a news release.
The nomination still requires the confirmation of the City Council. For more information about the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission visit www.nyc.gov/taxi.