Gabriel Taussig, Chief of the Law Department’s Administrative Law Division
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On November 18, Gabriel Taussig, chief of the city Law Department’s Administrative Law Division, received the 2011 Mary C. Lawton Outstanding Government Service Award, which is given to only one attorney each year nationwide.

The American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice honored Taussig for his “outstanding” contributions to the implementation and development of regulatory practice and administrative law.

“I am honored and grateful,” said Taussig on receiving the service award. “It’s particularly nice, during these times of government cutbacks, to have recognition for government employees for their work.”

Taussig was born in Haifa, Israel. He was raised in Kew Gardens Hills since he was seven and currently lives in Hollis Hills with his wife, Ethel.

He graduated from Queens College in 1971 and attended Brooklyn Law School for his law degree.

For 37 years, he has worked at the Law Department on city regulations, from mandating windows guards for the safety of children to the posting of calorie information in chain restaurants.

“I like to think that law [mandating window guards] and the defense of that law made a difference in saving lives of young children,” said Taussig in regards to an achievement that made a considerable difference.

Taussig’s associates nominated him based on his various achievements in city government.

Taussig has also been involved with health code regulations banning smoking in public places, police regulations of parade permits protecting safety of bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians, and regulations installing fire safety devices for high-rise buildings.

“My office has given me a really significant exposure to different types of matters that I probably wouldn’t get in another division,” said Taussig on working in the Administrative Law Division.

In addition to his administrative work, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Queens Public Library.

(Pauline Hsia)

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