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New York Senate Passes Bill Allowing Ride-Sharing Upstate

New York Senate Passes Bill Allowing Ride-Sharing Upstate

Uber and Lyft could be coming to upstate NY under legislation that was approved in the state Senate.

Anchorage officials are set to consider a proposal that would allow ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in the city this coming year. Additionally, it does not subject rides to the 4-percent state sales tax.

Seward's bill would send the revenue towards infrastructure improvements for roads, bridges and county transit needs. Drivers would be offered workers' compensation insurance through the existing Black Car Fund, which provides benefits to drivers in New York City.

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The measure also includes important protections for the drivers and the riders in the framework, including background checks for drivers. It would require drivers for Uber and other services to submit to criminal and driving history background checks. The senators who supported the measure, he said, "have gone soft on public safety, tarnished their legislative records and capitulated to Uber's high-priced lobbyists".

The Assembly will soon take up the bill, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) told reporters earlier Monday.

Lawmakers from both parties said it's unfair to prevent upstate residents from using the same ride-hailing services that are now widespread in New York City and elsewhere. "We will be doing the same very shortly", said Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, who is sponsoring a bill in the Assembly.

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