Created in 1971 by Local Law No. 12, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is a Charter-mandated agency, the purpose of which is the continuance, further development and improvement of taxi and for-hire service in the City of New York. The Commission is also responsible for licensing and regulating for-hire vehicle, commuter van and wheelchair accessible van services as it relates to the overall public transportation network of the city; to establish taxicab rates, standards of service, standards of insurance and minimum coverage; standards for driver safety; standards for equipment safety and design; and standards and criteria for the licensing of vehicles, drivers and operators engaged in such services.
The Commission's Board consists of nine members, eight of whom are unsalaried Commissioners to be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the city council; five of said members, one resident from each of the five boroughs of New York City, shall be recommended for appointment by a majority vote of the councilmembers of each respective borough. The salaried Chair/Commissioner presides over regularly scheduled public Commission meetings, and is the head of the agency.
David Do was nominated to serve as Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) by Mayor Eric Adams on April 28th, 2022 and was confirmed by the City Council on May 19th, 2022.
Previously, Commissioner Do served as the Director of the Washington, D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV), where he oversaw the city’s fast-moving and competitive for-hire vehicle industry. In this role, Commissioner Do improved the driver and passenger experience by leveraging technology and data analysis to drive decision-making, enhance efficiency, and improve administrative processing. Under his leadership, DFHV created a centralized dispatch platform through which residents can summon a wheelchair-accessible taxi and successfully launched DC Microtransit, an on-demand shuttle service to meet travel needs for residents living in hard-to-reach areas.
Commissioner Do also led DFHV’s COVID-19 response, overseeing the delivery of food to vulnerable residents, the installation of protective vehicle barriers, and the distribution of personal protective equipment to the industry so that drivers could continue to operate safely. He worked quickly to transform several of the DFHV’s transportation programs to meet the health and safety needs of agency partners and the riding public. In this role, he also spearheaded an Industry Recovery Blueprint that focused on supporting the for-hire industry in Washington, D.C.
Prior to his service at DFHV, Commissioner Do served as the Director of the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, where he worked to improve the quality of life for thousands of DC Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Commissioner Do focused on expanding advocacy and engagement with diverse communities and held the first events sponsored by the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs that centered around Pride and LGBTQIA+ communities of color. In 2019, he received the Catalyst Award from the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Association, a federation of AAPI LGBTQ+ groups, for his work in the DC LGBTQ+ community.
Commissioner Do earned a BA in economics at the University of California, Merced and an MA in urban planning at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Kenneth Chan is a Brooklyn resident and a small business owner who brings a unique and extensive experience in business partnerships, as well as technology development and implementation.
Chan was nominated to serve as Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission by Mayor Eric Adams on April 28, 2023 and confirmed by the City Council on May 26, 2023
Previously, Chan worked as Asia regional intellectual property counsel and director of intellectual property strategy at Corning, Inc., where he helped establish and lead intellectual property law functions in Asia to support the company’s investments and growth.
Prior to his work at Corning, Chan was senior intellectual property counsel and director of trademarks and transactional practice at Avaya, Inc. While there, he successfully worked on complex commercial arrangements, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, strategic alliances, and technology licenses.
Additionally, Chan also served as corporate counsel at United Technologies Corporation (now Raytheon Technologies Corporation). While there, Chan successfully helped seal crucial supply management transactions and technology development efforts, and counseled on a wide range of regulatory compliance matters.
Chan is a graduate of Cornell University and Syracuse University College of Law.
Sarah Kaufman joined the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission with extensive experience in transportation policymaking, research, and education. Kaufman is the interim executive director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and teaches about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She is also an adjunct professor of planning, teaching Intelligent Cities and Advanced Projects in Urban Planning.
Kaufman joined NYU Wagner in 2011 after nearly five years at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she led the open data program, created a conference and online exchange between the MTA and software developers, and assisted in developing the agency's social media program. She also serves on the advisory board of Transportation Alternatives.
Mayor Eric Adams nominated Kaufman to serve as Commissioner on April 28, 2023, and the City Council confirmed her on May 26, 2023.
Kaufman currently directs several projects related to improving transportation through technology, such as The Pink Tax on Transportation, an analysis of how safety concerns impact women's travel patterns in New York City; Intelligent Paratransit, to rethink how we transport seniors and the disabled; and the Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellowship, a program to enhance innovation at all levels of transportation planning and policymaking.
Kaufman was honored by City & State New York with a Transportation Power 100 Award in 2022 and 2021, a Responsible 100 Award in 2018 and a Tech Power 50 Award in February 2019.
She holds master’s degrees from NYU in both technology and innovation management as well as urban planning.
Kenneth C. Mitchell
Under his guidance, the 80-year-old zoological park has more than doubled its collection to 1,200 animals, representing 350 species, 72 of which are endangered or threatened in the wild. Since 2014, the zoo has experienced the development of a 4,500-square-foot outdoor habitat for the zoo’s Amur Leopards – the world’s rarest big cat – and a Conservation Carousel composed of 25 hand-sculpted wildlife, most of which are vulnerable in their native habitats. Most recently, the zoo developed its sprawling Sahara Exhibit, where a Scimitar Horned Oryx was born as part of an international effort to repopulate an extinct species. The Zoo is in the process of renovating its Aquarium with an expected completion in the spring of 2018.
Previously, Mitchell was a member of the New York City Council, representing Staten Island’s north shore communities, following his service as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to former council member Michael E. McMahon.
A native Staten Islander who grew up less than 100 yards from the Zoo, Mitchell graduated St. Peter’s Boys High School, and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration at Wagner College. Awarded his law degree at New York Law School, he was admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the eastern and southern directs of New York.
Mitchell remains active in the Island community with particular interests in the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation; United Activities Unlimited, and Lifestyles for the Disabled. Upon the recommendation of the Staten Island borough delegation of the New York City Council he was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission in November 2016.
Thomas Sorrentino is a life-long resident of Brooklyn, NY and is a partner in the accounting firm of PKF O’Connor Davies LLP with more than thirty years of experience in public accounting. In that capacity, Sorrentino services both public and privately-held clients in the commercial sector, not-for-profit organizations (including membership associations, foundations and social service organizations), and a variety of real estate entities which include cooperative housing corporations, condominium associations, rental properties, and REITs.
Sorrentino was nominated to the board of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission by the Brooklyn delegation of the New York City Council and appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to a term expiring January 31, 2022.
A graduate of New York University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Sorrentino is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the States of New York and New Jersey. His professional affiliations include membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Over the years, Sorrentino has volunteered his time to a variety of charitable, civic, community and business related activities and organizations which includes involvement with his Parish, St. Bernard Church where he is a member of the Finance Committee and serves on the Board and as Treasurer of the St. Bernard Academy.
Sorrentino also served the community as a member of Kings County Community Board 18 for approximately five years, where he chaired its Transportation Committee. A longstanding member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Sorrentino currently serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and is a member of its Executive and Audit Committee(s).
Elisa Velazquez has spent almost her entire 25 plus year career in New York City government. Elisa is currently Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) where she oversees several critical functions including Expense and Miscellaneous Revenue Budget, Facilities Maintenance and Construction, the Agency Chief Contracting Office and Executive Support and Administration. Prior to serving in her current role, Elisa was the Agency Chief Contracting Officer (“ACCO”) and Assistant Commissioner where she managed the procurement and fiscal operations for New York City’s water and wastewater utility, totaling approximately $1.2 billion in contracts and $1.5 billion in payments per fiscal year.
Prior to DEP, Elisa was Counsel to the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz where she advised the Borough President and staff on various legal and policy issues including conflicts of interests, land use and community board issues, compliance and budget issues and corporate governance. Elisa represented the Borough President on NYCERS, the Franchise Concession and Review Committee, the Queens Public Library and on the Port Authority Technical Advisory Committees for JFK and LGA Part 150 Noise Studies. Elisa also acted as ACCO, overseeing the award of over 100 discretionary expense contracts to non-profits each fiscal year.
From 2003-2013, Elisa was General Counsel in the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services where she advised the City Chief Procurement Officer, staff and agency contracting staff on various aspects of procurement law and general office operations. Elisa supervised attorneys implementing various legislative and policy reforms in such areas as Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise incentives, environmentally preferable purchasing, and “Pay-to-Play” laws and supervised staff responsible for providing technical assistance to agencies in the areas of vendor responsibility, research, performance and procurement ethics. Elisa helped to establish a new unit responsible for reviewing not-for-profit City vendors in the areas of contract management, corporate governance and fiscal responsibility and for providing technical assistance to human service vendors to develop best practices in these areas
Before her time in the Mayor’s Office, Elisa was Assistant Counsel to Public Advocate Mark Green where she drafted legislation, litigation papers and prepared testimony. She organized a ground-breaking coalition called SAFE@WORK, consisting of government, businesses, labor unions, educational institutions and domestic violence advocates to educate employers on domestic violence and its impact on the workplace.
Elisa also served as Assistant Counsel to the Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, where she was the lead counsel with respect to Community Boards, contracts and FOIL issues. She also supervised Constituent Services.
Elisa was born in Queens and has lived only in New York City. She has two children, received her JD from New York Law School and her BA from Fordham University.
Paul Bader has long been an active member in his community. He has served on Manhattan Community Board 2 and Brooklyn Community Board 6 and was a member of the board of the New York State Health Foundation, Danspace at St. Marks, and the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation
He has also advised policymakers as part of the NYC Printing Industry Task Force and represented manufacturing tenants on the Industrial Loft Advisory Commission.
He was nominated to serve as Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission by the Queens delegation of the City Council on April 28, 2023, and appointed by Mayor Adams on May 26, 2023.
Prior to his time with the Commission, Bader worked in the NYC Comptroller’s Office and for the Speaker of the NY State Assembly. Additionally, he brings first-hand experience as a driving instructor and as a yellow cab driver.
A native New Yorker, Bader—who owns a printing and design business in Long Island City—graduated from Bayside High School and studied at Columbia University School of General Studies. Bader currently resides in Jackson Heights, Queens.