Buffalo mayor puts pressure on Albany for Uber

Posted at 8:50 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 12:19:46-04

Uber supporters are revving their engines in an effort to put pressure on legislators in Albany.

A rally took place at Kleinhan's Music Hall Thursday to re-ignite interest in bringing ride sharing services to Buffalo.  

Among those in attendance were elected officials, including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

"The first step is for legislation to be passed in Albany.  Otherwise, this is a moot point," Brown said.

Brown is a vocal proponent of ride-sharing services.  He sees Uber and Lyft as potential boosts to the economy.

"We want to make sure consumer protections are in place. We want to make sure that ride sharing [and] traditional taxis are accessible to all consumers," Brown said.

Uber and Lyft are currently banned in Upstate and Western New York because state law prohibits non-taxi drivers from picking up passengers for money.  The New York City area is exempt from that limitation.