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Adams nominates new head of the Taxi and Limousine Commission

Mayor Eric Adams has nominated David Do, head of Washington DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles, as his candidate to head the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Former TLC commissioner Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk was appointed by former mayor Bill de Blasio, and Adams confirmed her nomination when he took office. However, Heredia Jarmoszuk withdrew in March after being caught in a virtual encounter where she scolded and cursed her employees.

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

One group that Do will have to work with, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, praised the decision, noting that Do has a long career in the public service and is someone who will not be afraid to regulate big companies like Uber and Lift.

“I met him yesterday and he was very committed, someone you can have a shop talk with about transit policy,” Bhairavi Desai, CEO of the Alliance, told Gothamist. “He also made it clear that he sees drivers as a priority. I think the most important thing is that he wants to be in public service and is a transit policy person.”

Enter the job at a time when the number of people taking taxis is still down due to the pandemic. Only about half of the taxis with medallions are on their way, picking up customers compared to the number of pre-pandemics. And the pandemic only exacerbated a financial crisis for drivers who were already beset with huge debts from medallion loans.

The new commissioner is also arriving as the agency seeks to modernize the way people use taxis, with new apps and a possible increase in drivers’ salaries.

Do must be confirmed by city council.

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