The ride-hailing company Uber is touting the push from upstate advocacy groups and elected officials to allow the service outside of New York City.
The company is touting the results of a petition drive and phone call campaign: 10,000 calls, plus 100,000 people signing the Uber-backed petition drive that’s been conducted by state lawmakers like Sen. Fred Akshar, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer.
Meanwhile, a company-backed poll found 80 percent of New Yorkers backed a statewide regulatory plan for ride-hailing services.
“Albany dysfunction has held New York behind the rest of the country for far too long,” said Josh Mohrer, General Manager of Uber NY. “The time to bring Uber to the Empire State is now. The time to listen to New Yorkers over special interests is now. After tens of thousands of New Yorkers have made their voices heard, anything less than action would be shameful.”
The ride-hailing effort from both Uber and its competitor Lyft has intensified in recent weeks after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaled he had added the issue to his special session wish list.