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Gabriel Taussig

New York City Law Department
Chief, Administrative Law Division
Queens Village, NY, USA


Gabriel Taussig is the Division Chief of the Administrative Law Division of the New York City Law Department. He joined the Law Department as a staff attorney in 1974. In 1984 he was named as the Division Chief of the Administrative Law Division and has held that position since then.

Mr. Taussig is intimately involved in the many aspects of the work of his division which is responsible for litigating a wide variety of cases arising from the City's regulatory activities, including public health matters, land use, public safety, housing and licensing. In his time at the Law Department, Mr. Taussig has worked on many important cases including the defense of challenges to the City's calorie posting requirements, the City's enforcement of its lead paint laws, and the current challenge to legislation authorizing livery vehicles to accept street hails in areas outside of Manhattan. In addition, Mr. Taussig has played a crucial role in establishing the City's procedures for several important public health initiatives, including the detention of individuals who, because of their exposure to various diseases, may pose public health risks. He also participated in the establishment of various administrative procedures adopted by the City. For example, he worked with the Police Department, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and the office of the Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinator in establishing administrative hearing procedures required by the court in Krimstock v. Kelly when the Police Department seeks the forfeiture of vehicles used in connection with criminal activities.

In addition to his work at the New York City Law Department, Mr. Taussig has been an active member of the law community. He has given speeches and made presentations at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York County Lawyers' Association, and the Practicing Law Institute. He is a recent recipient of the Sloan Public Service Award presented by the Fund for the City of New York as well as the Mary C. Lawton Outstanding Government Service Award given by the American Bar Association. Mr. Taussig graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School where he was an Editor of the Law Review

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