Former City Councilman David Yassky has been nominated by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to head the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, the mayor announced Friday morning on his weekly radio program.
Mr. Yassky, an ally of the Bloomberg administration who paid a price at the polls in a failed run for city comptroller last year for voting to extend term limits, would replace Matthew W. Daus, a lawyer and longtime official at the commission who is leaving to work in private business. The nomination of Mr. Yassky is subject to the approval of the City Council.
Mr. Yassky, 46, represented a swath of brownstone Brooklyn and the waterfront from 2002 to 2009 before running for comptroller. He also ran for Congress in 2006. His move to the taxi agency had been widely rumored for weeks.
“David is the right guy for the job,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “He led the way in the Council in introducing fuel-efficient taxis to the City, part of our PlaNYC agenda, and as former Chairman of the Small Business Committee, he’s familiar with the issues and concerns of running a small business and many taxi drivers are in fact small business owners.