Yassky finally resigns from the taxi commission

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David Yassky. (William Alatriste/NY City Council)
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When Michael Bloomberg's administration gave way to Bill de Blasio's, David Yassky lost his job as the chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

But he was technically allowed to remain on the taxi regulatory agency's nine-member board as an unpaid commissioner until 2017.

After some deliberation, on January 6 he told Capital that he would resign from his position on that day, because "it’s the right thing for the new administration to make policy at the T.L.C."

But he didn't actually, until today, when Capital New York told Yassky that it was planning to run a story on the fact that he hadn't actually resigned, as intended.

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"I have resigned from the TLC," Yassky emailed Capital at 2:56 pm.

The T.L.C. confirmed his resignation. 

It's not hard to understand why Yassky might have been tempted to stay on.

During his tenure as chairman, Yassky mounted a concerted effort to reform the calcified taxi and limousine industry, which resisted his every move in court. He pushed through pay hikes for drivers, which the big medallion owners abhorred. He allowed thousands of livery drivers to double as outer-borough taxis, raising livery driver salaries but once again earning the wrath of yellow taxi medallion owners.

While all of this was happening, de Blasio was mounting his run for mayor, and the yellow taxi industry served as one of his biggest and most reliable sources of donations.

During his campaign, de Blasio spoke frequently, and opaquely, about rolling back some of Yassky's taxi reform efforts.

Today, I asked Yassky what he has been deliberating on all these weeks.

"No deliberation," he emailed. "Stayed on for a month to be available if needed for Commission meeting."