Politico reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo has Uber on his wish list and he wants to bring up the transportation option in a special session before years end. Lawmakers across the state want to see ridesharing happen, but many argue it can wait until early January for action.
Uber in Upstate is still on life support, but it's holding on.
There’s less than two weeks left in 2016 and Governor Cuomo made a big announcement about ridesharing in the state.
Politico reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo has Uber on his wish list and he wants to bring up the transportation option in a special session before years end.
Lawmakers across the state want to see ridesharing happen, but many argue it can wait until early January for action.
Right now, ridesharing companies are only allowed to operate in and around New York City.
Politico got their hands on a copy of a proposed bill for ridesharing services throughout the state.
Currently, state laws for group insurance policies make it financially impossible for companies like Uber and Lyft to operate and there are proposed regulations to change that.
Policies on background checks and security regulations must also be approved by lawmakers. The current proposal didn’t mention fingerprints, something the opposition argues is necessary since cab drivers have to do the same.
The newest proposal on the table is a transportation fee on each ride that would go back to the state.
That charge of 50 cents would be added to each customer's ride and for us upstate, the money would go to local transportation.
Senator Mike Ranzenhofer, a strong supporter of ride-sharing in our area sent us this statement in favor of the fee.
“One out of every three roads in Western New York has been rated poor or mediocre,” Ranzenhofer said. He went on to say, “If ridesharing expands beyond New York city, then state revenue generated from the new transportation service should go directly to fixing an upstate infrastructure that is already crumbling and in dire need of repair.”
Some lawmakers disagree with adding the charge saying it's wrong to add a fee to a service that citizens don't even have yet.
For Uber to happen before 2017 the Governor will have to call a special session.
As far as we know that hasn't happened yet, but this of course is a story we will continue to follow for you.