Veteran lobbyist and consultant Barry Lefkowitz joins the New Jersey Passenger Transportation Advisory Council, where he can advocate on behalf of operators in one of the most active states for chauffeured transportation.
LUMBERTON, N.J. — New Jersey operators will get a strong voice on a council that advises the Governor and staff on state ground transportation matters.
Barry Lefkowitz, executive director of the LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATIONS OF NEW JERSEY and a former lobbyist for the NATIONAL LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATION, was recently appointed to the Passenger Transportation Advisory Council by the Office of Gov. Chris Christie. He is the head of his lobbying and consulting firm, MANAGEMENT & GOVERNMENT RESOURCES INC. (MGR), based in Lumberton, N.J. and founded in 1980. Lefkowitz is also the Government Affairs Liaison for the law firm of Fineman, Kreckstein and Harris of Philadelphia, where he handles all legislative and regulatory issues in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
The Christie administration wanted to create an entity that looks at all ground transportation in the state, including a review of rules and regulations, and determine what legislation would be needed to deal with ground transportation, Lefkowitz said. The council would look at issues covering taxis, buses, shuttles, limousines, and all forms of ground transportation, he said, and include representatives from the New York New Jersey Port Authority and the South New Jersey Transportation Authority. Frequency of Council meetings and specific agendas still need to be determined.
“I see my appointment as the representative for LANJ and for the industry,” Lefkowitz told LCT. “I suspect that the reason I was selected is because of my background and experience with representing the NLA at the federal and state level for 10 years, and LANJ for the past 13 years. Because of some legislation I’m involved with on the Governor’s desk about taxicabs, my background has expanded beyond limo.”
Lefkowitz will remain focused on the most important issue now facing LANJ and New Jersey operators: Repeal of the state sales tax on chauffeured transportation. A measure is moving through the New Jersey Assembly. “You can be sure the sales tax [repeal] is at the top of my agenda,” Lefkowitz said. “I will certainly continue to press for it.”
NEXT LANJ MEETING
The sales tax will be a major topic at the next LANJ meeting on May 18 in West Orange, N.J. New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has confirmed she will deliver the keynote address at the LANJ luncheon/auction. LANJ is hoping for a strong showing so Guadagno can see that operators are serious about wanting the Governor to protect small businesses and sign legislation repealing the “sales tax on service.”
The luncheon/auction, which is being hosted by Complete Fleet and Don Brown Bus Sales, will be held at Noon at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, N.J.
Information: LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATIONS OF NEW JERSEY WEB SITE
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor