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Senate pushes to bring ride-sharing to WNY

Posted at 11:44 PM, Feb 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 10:10:25-05

The New York State Senate is expected to take up comprehensive bill to bring ride-sharing to upstate New York communities.

The new Bill provides from framework for ride-sharing companies to expand operations outside New York City. 

“Thousands and thousands of residents, all across Upstate New York, have been demanding the expansion of transportation network companies beyond New York City," said Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer of Amherst. "It’s time to give a green light to Uber and Lyft all across New York. As one of my top legislative priorities, I am pleased that the State Senate is taking action to bring ride-sharing to Western New York.”

“Having ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft available in my district of Buffalo and Western New York, and all of New York state, is a top priority for me," said Senator Chris Jacobs of Buffalo. "I continuously hear from my constituents who ask why New York City has ride-sharing and our region does not. This is a prime example of the unequal treatment upstate New York receives compared to New York City. The State Senate is ready to right this wrong and I call on the State Assembly to do the same.”