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Ira Goldstein

Ira Goldstein

Since November 2010, Mr. Goldstein has served as the Executive Director of the New York Black Car Fund (Fund). The Fund is responsible for providing full workers' compensation benefits to approximately 45,000 independent contractor black car and limousine drivers in the State of New York. Since his arrival at The Fund, claims activity has increased over four fold necessitating extreme improvements in operations efficiencies, as well as advocating on issues affecting the industry at the state and local level. He is an active member of the international Taxicab, Limousine, Paratransit Association (TLPA) where he co-chairs the Limousine Committee and serves on its Board of Directors. Of all his accomplishments at the Fund, Ira is most proud of is the expansion of driver's benefits which includes offering an enhanced defensive driving course and a wellness class where the drivers get paid to attend these classes. Outreach efforts to a mostly immigrant membership have been greatly expanded and now include translation services for drivers that are more comfortable communicating in their native language.

Executive Director
New York Black Car Fund (NYBCF)

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Prior to joining the Black Car Fund, Mr. Goldstein served as Chief of Staff for most of his nine plus years at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). Mr. Goldstein has enjoyed a distinguished and varied career leading up to his successful tenure in government. Among his most challenging roles was his time spent as the general counsel and chief compliance officer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, where he specialized in representing start-upbroker/dealers in getting NASD approval. Mr. Goldstein began his legal career with a real estate litigation firm, where he handled many general practice issues, experience which served him well in his starting role as a staff attorney and executive director of the TLC's Consumer Relations Division, prior to his elevation to Chief of Staff. Mr. Goldstein received a Masters of Law in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law from Fordham University School of Law, as well as a Juris Doctor from Touro School of Law where he was also the Managing Editor of the Law Review and founded the Environmental Law Society. Mr. Goldstein's educational career was marked by numerous awards and honors from his alma mater, including Touro's Public Interest Law Fellowship, the Special Service Award, and the American Jurisprudence Award. Despite the breadth and depth of Mr. Goldstein's notable accomplishments, he is probably best known for his pivotally crucial role in the conception, creation and implementation of the TLC's Taxicab Passenger Enhancement Project also known as T-PEP. T-PEP is the technology upgrade that, amongst its many (and growing number of) attributes, allows taxicab passengers to pay for rides with a credit or debit card, enjoy an ever-changing array of fresh entertainment and informational content, and has facilitated the return of thousands of lost personal items ranging from cell phones to millions of dollars in jewelry and irreplaceable antiques. It is for this role that Mr. Goldstein received his highest honor to date, the New York City Department of Information, Telecommunications & Technology's (DoITT) highly prestigious Demonstrated Excellent in Project Management Award, a part of DoITT's 2007 Excellence in Technology Awards Program. Most recently, Mr. Goldstein received The Transportation Alliance's prestigious Executive of the Year Award. In June 2010, Mr. Goldstein also received the Award for Outstanding Community Service from the New York State Broadcasters Association and the New York State Amber Alert Partners in recognition of his role in introducing Amber Alerts into the New York City Taxi Fleet. In 2012, Mr. Goldstein received the League of Mutual Taxicab Owners' (LOMTO) Man of the Year Award. Mr. Goldstein has also received significant recognition from various law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service for his longstanding assistance in sensitive investigations "to safeguard the City's and the nation's security". In 2015, Ira received an award for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Banking, Finance and Insurance fields from City & State Reports. In September 2016 Mr. Goldstein also received the Simon Wiesenthal Center's First Annual 9/11Commemoration Hero for Tolerance Award. Also in 2015, Ira won a 50 Over 50 Award from City & State New York which recognized him as a prominent leader in government, business and media over the age of fifty. Among his community service endeavors, Mr. Goldstein previously served on the Board of Directors for Quality Services for the Autism Community and the New York State Bar Association's Attorney's in Public Service Committee. He is also on the Board of Managers of his condo in Queens, New York. In his spare time, Ira is an avid Rangers fan.

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