The association, formerly known as the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA), highlighted Goldstein’s impressive legal background, having earned degrees from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and Fordham University School of Law. His expertise in banking, corporate, and finance law brought him to the transportation industry. In 2001, he joined the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, where he served as chief of staff for nine years.
In 2010, he accepted a position at The Black Car Fund. As executive director, Goldstein oversees workers’ compensation for over 80,000 independent black car and limousine drivers in the New York metropolitan area and about 125,000 drivers statewide. With Goldstein’s exceptional leadership, The Black Car Fund has implemented programs to streamline workers’ compensation and increase driver safety.
The Black Car Fund’s Wellness, Safety, and Education Program (STEP) offers affiliated drivers access to exclusive wellness seminars. Through the program’s four components, drivers can learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, physically and mentally. The first component provides instruction on proper nutrition, exercise, and stretching specifically designed for drivers. The second focuses on increasing awareness of cycling and pedestrian traffic through the Fund’s “Share the Road” program. The third and fourth components are a hands-only CPR training course and a session on how to respond to AMBER alerts. Drivers are paid $150 for participating the four-hour course.
“We are thrilled to honor Ira Goldstein as our 2020 Executive of the Year,” said TTA President Tom Arrighi. “Ira is exceptionally innovative, and his efforts to promote the well-being and safety of drivers in our industry is commendable. He knows that drivers are a key part of a healthy industry and cannot be overlooked.”
Goldstein has been recognized for his work in the past. He was given the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s first annual 9/11 Commemoration Hero for Tolerance award, and the League of Mutual Taxi Owners’ “Man of the Year” award. He has also received an award for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Banking, Finance, and Insurance fields from City & State Reports, and a “50 Over 50” award from City & State New York as a prominent leader in government, business, and media.
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