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State Senate approves ridesharing bill

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 16:46:14-05

Ridesharing legislation passed the Senate on Monday.

According to Senator Kennedy, who is in favor of bringing ridesharing to New York State, the legislation has passed "yet again."

"We deserve the same access that those in New York City already enjoy; at its core, this isn't just fighting for opportunity, it's fighting for what's fair," said Senator Kennedy. "My vote is reflective of the voices of Western New York, as our office has heard overwhelmingly from people throughout the City of Buffalo and across the entire region who have made it very clear that legalizing ridesharing is a priority to them."

The Senate vote was in favor of the bill 53-5.

Now the legislation has to pass the Assembly. Senator Kennedy is encouraging Western New Yorkers to speak up to help legalize ridesharing.

"From residents who say this would help their day-to-day transportation, to the small businesses like our brewers and distillers who point to the safety component that ridesharing brings with it, to folks like the Pegulas, who have outlines the efficiency and accessibility aspect, Upstate New York needs to send a resounding message to the Assembly: get it done," said Senator Kennedy.