Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nominee to head the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) was unanimously confirmed by a 46/0 vote of the New York City Council today, paving the way for Meera Joshi to serve as the agency’s Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer. Joshi’s nomination was announced by the mayor on March 8.
“I was incredibly honored to have been nominated by
Mayor de Blasio to lead the TLC at this historic time,” said Ms. Joshi,
“and doubly so to know that the City Council shares his confidence in
my abilities. I pledge to them, and to the public to whom we all
answer, that I will serve in this capacity to the very best of my
ability, and that I will put inclusion, consensus and common sense at
the forefront of all that we do to protect the public, and support our
regulated industries so that they can continue to provide the world’s
finest for-hire ground transportation.”
Ms. Joshi previously served as the Deputy Commissioner of Legal
Affairs and General Counsel for the TLC, where she led dozens of
multiparty negotiations of contracts and settlement agreements which
have improved customer service, and worked to reveal financial abuse of
drivers, supervising significant reimbursements to drivers and their
families, and overseeing the prosecution of those responsible. Prior
to that, Ms. Joshi served as First Deputy Executive Director of the New
York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), where she implemented
an innovative pilot program with the NYPD that culminated in the
creation of an independent prosecution unit that expanded the agency’s
jurisdiction and sphere of influence; and Inspector General at the
Correctional Services Unit at the New York City Department of
Investigation, where she oversaw investigations of alleged criminality
and corruption in the Departments of Correction, Probation, Juvenile
Justice and the TLC.
Joshi received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission was created as a
charter-mandated agency in 1971, and is acknowledged as the most
active regulator of for-hire ground transportation service in the
nation. For more information about the TLC’s rules, regulations and
functions, visit www.NYC.GOV/taxi.