June 18, 2018
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement calling for the immediate resignation of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) top official, Meera Joshi following a number of suicide deaths of NYC taxi drivers.

“I call on TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi to step down immediately,” said Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Too many fathers have taken their lives due to the untenable working conditions, excessive fines, and oversaturated market created for New York City taxi and livery drivers. Commissioner Joshi needs to resign now because she has failed to resolve or even address this issue, as we continue to witness more lives come to a tragic end. We must address this critical issue before it’s too late for another NYC taxi driver or their family.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Espaillat released a white paper detailing recommendations to restructure the TLC and establish new rules and regulations that would address the challenges facing city drivers, incorporate modern rideshare platforms such as Uber and Lyft, and equalize the market for all driving competitors throughout New York City.

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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