We are deeply saddened to report that Elias Arout, who served on the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission for 27 years, passed away at the age of 89 on December 22, 2019. According to reports, Mr. Arout, who lived on Staten Island, departed this earth peacefully with his family by his side.
He was a kind, gentle person who had a deep love for his family and friends.
Born in Grant City, son of Elias Arout and Mary (née Eastily) Arout, he graduated from Alexander Hamilton Vocational in Brooklyn, and worked for 20 years as a police officer for the New York Housing Authority, retiring in 1980.
Mr. Arout was appointed to the TLC by Mayor Ed Koch. He was also a co-founder and past president of the non-profit Project Hospitality and long-time member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1662 in Great Kills, the American Legion and the North Shore Democratic Association.
He and his wife, Margaret, enjoyed traveling, dancing with the Staten Island Ballroom Dancers, wine making, taking college courses and activities at their church, Our Lady of Good Council.
Mr. Arout left behind his wife, Margaret (née Bauer) Arout of 64 years; his children, Stephen, David (wife Julia), Raymond (wife Annmarie), Elise, Carlos; his sister-in-law, Irene Madison; five grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher and Shannon Arout, Allison Perrine and Haley Seccafico.