Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in May that former Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Chairman David Yassky will be New York’s director of state policy. Yassky led the TLC from 2010 to 2013 and served as a Brooklyn City Council member for seven years prior to that. When Bill de Blasio was running for his first term as mayor he said replacing Yassky would be among the first things he did, if elected.
As TLC Chair, Yassky clashed with Taxi medallion owners – as well as de Blasio in the public advocate’s office – over the green Boro Taxi program, which allows some Livery cars to pick up street hails in parts of the city considered underserved by yellow cabs.
Yassky lost a run for city comptroller to John Liu in 2009. He also lost a bid for a seat in the House of Representatives to Yvette Clarke in 2006. His most recent title was dean of Pace Law School in White Plains, a role he stepped down from last year.
In May, Cuomo also named Marie Therese Dominguez Dept. of Transportation commissioner. The previous state transportation commissioner, Paul Karas, resigned in February.
Source: Crain’s New York Business