July 21, 2017

Uber & Lyft Could Be Coming Upstate Sooner

New York State Capitol from Corning Tower
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The state Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would allow the ride-sharing apps to start running in cities like Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany on June 29, 10 days earlier than allowed under an expansion proposal approved earlier this year.

The original bill would have made Uber and Lyft wait until July 9 to start because of when the state budget was passed.

Lawmakers wanted to make this change to cut down on drunk driving during the Fourth of July holiday.

North country Assemblywoman Addie Jenne cosponsored the new bill and her colleague Ken Blankenbush voted in favor of it.

The bill now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who has been a supporter of ride-sharing upstate.Supporters of the accelerated start date say permitting Uber and Lyft to start before July 4 will benefit tourism and reduce drunken driving during the busy holiday.The vote came the same day Uber admitted to underpaying its drivers in New York City by tens of millions of dollars over the last three years.Uber said each affected driver will get a $900 refund. The company says it calculated driver commissions based […]

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