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Exit Interview: Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky

Monday, December 23, 2013

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Commissioner David Yassky (Kathleen Horan/WNYC)

David Yassky, who for nearly four years led New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission, sat down with WNYC's Amy Eddings for an exit interview.

The TLC was Yassky's first experience leading a city agency. Prior to that, he was a Brooklyn city councilmember for eight years.

In this interview, he talked about some of his greatest successes, like outer borough taxis and greater protections for cab drivers.

On the list of his unfinished business is the Taxi of Tomorrow, the Nissan NV200, which had suffered several legal setbacks.

"Whatever happens with Taxi of Tomorrow, at least every new taxi starting next year will have to be crash-tested for safety," Yassky explained. "That was really important to me."

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Amy Eddings

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Annmarie Fertoli and Tracie Hunte

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Comments [2]

The agenda to break-down and polarize once great New York taxi industry is quite obvious in all of his acts. Mr. Yassky will be remembered as, by far, the worst TLC commissioner and the most incompetent regulator we have ever known. He conveniently forgot that it’s the New York taxi industry that provided and continues to provide quite a significant revenue stream to New York City, its pension funds and even MTA. Instead of building up on what was working and feeding the city, he went on to work against it – aiming to hurt it as much as he could. The duality of his agenda, the shape-shifting, and refusal to listen to experienced industry veterans is a shocking acknowledgement of incompetence and complete lack of understanding of transportation industry. It will take years for new TLC commissioner to rebuild the industry from the damages done and re-gain all that trust and effectiveness that there once was.

Dec. 30 2013 12:40 PM
Eugene Weixel from Harlem

Crash testing would have been a good idea back in 2007 when Councilmember Yassky was all about forcing the small unsafe hybrids onto the taxi industry. This was a Bloomberg obsession at that time. It would have been a good idea in 2010, 2011, and 2012 too.

I suspect it's but an afterthought and a lever for Bloomberg's current enthusiasm.

Dec. 25 2013 11:47 AM

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