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  • 5/4/2020

    Black Car Fund Executive Director Named Top Transportion Industry Leader


    Ira Goldstein, Champion of Driver Safety, Wins Coveted Executive of the Year Award

    (ROCKVILLE, Md.)—The Transportation Alliance is pleased to announce that Ira Goldstein, executive director of The Black Car Fund in New York City, has been named Executive of the Year.

    Goldstein has an 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 is a hands-only CPR training course. And the fourth is 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 Tom Arrighi, president of The Transportation Alliance. “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. Goldstein featured in the spring issue of The Transportation Alliance’s e-magazine, Transportation Leader.

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