Matthew W. Daus was confirmed by the New York City Council on August 22, 2001 as the tenth Commissioner/Chair of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. On July 23, 2003, Mr. Daus was reappointed to a seven (7) year term by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York City Council.
Before becoming Commissioner/Chair of the TLC, Mr. Daus was General Counsel to the Commission and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs since 1998. During his time as General Counsel, he drafted and implemented many regulations that established and enhanced safety standards and licensing criteria for TLC owners and drivers. Prior to this position, Mr. Daus served as Special Counsel to the TLC Chairperson. During his tenure, he effectuated management and policy-related reforms that streamlined operations, improved customer service, and achieved significant productivity gains.
Mr. Daus joined City government in 1994 as a Prosecutor for the New York City Commission on Human Rights, where he represented the agency in the prosecution and mediation of discrimination complaints in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation. Thereafter, he was appointed General Counsel of the New York City Community Development Agency (CDA), now known as the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), where he supervised all procurement activities relating to government anti-poverty funding and social service contracts awarded to community organizations.
After serving at CDA, Mr. Daus was appointed Special Counsel to the New York City Trade Waste Commission, where he was responsible for assisting in the formation of this newly created agency designed to eliminate corruption within the private sanitation industry. Prior to joining City government, Mr. Daus began his legal career in private practice as a litigator specializing in tort law.
Mr. Daus received a Masters of Law degree from New York University School of Law and his Juris Doctor degree from Touro School of Law. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the City University of New York and has published numerous legal articles in prestigious journals and periodicals.