The New York battle over apps like Uber and Lyft didn’t end when the state legislature approved a ride-hailing system in the state budget last month. It just shifted to the local level.
A provision in the state’s new ride-hailing law allows all counties and four major cities — Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse and Buffalo — to block companies like Uber and Lyft from picking up riders within their boundaries.
So far, few local governments have suggested they will go that route.
But the law doesn’t set a deadline to enact a local ban, meaning the counties and large cities could choose to act long after the ride-hailing law takes effect in early July.
It’s kept Uber and Lyft, the giants of the ride-hailing industry, on their toes as they shift their lobbying resources to localities in hopes of keeping as much of the state on the table as possible.Josh Gold, Uber’s New York policy manager, said the company has been meeting with elected leaders in the few communities […]