Budget Passed: Includes Ridesharing for Upstate - April 10, 2017
We did it! State lawmakers worked through the weekend to pass a budget that included language that will allow ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft to operate upstate. The NYS Restaurant Association has been heavily involved in the long campaign to advance this policy, and we are thankful for all the members who participated along the way. We believe that increased access to safe, reliable transportation will result in an economic boost for upstate restaurants and nightlife establishments. These companies can begin service 90 days after the Governor signs the budget.
President and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association Melissa Fleischut statement: “Finally, upstate New York will have access to ridesharing services that can provide safe, reliable transportation options to restaurant and bar patrons. This is great progress that will keep our customers safe, and provide an economic boost to our businesses. Thank you to the Governor and all the legislative representatives who worked to make this happen for our state.”
Upstate Ridesharing Update
The Association is continuing to beat the drum on the need to expand ridesharing services to upstate. You can help by contacting your legislator here.
A Siena poll was released this week that showed more than three-quarters of New Yorkers support allowing ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to operate across New York. At least 70 percent of voters from every region and party are supportive.
The Governor has included a ridesharing proposal in his Executive budget and the state Senate has passed a ridesharing bill. The Association continues to discuss this vital need with lawmakers and the executive office, and encourage our membership to do the same.
Upstate deserves Uber, Lyft
The Association’s government affairs director penned an op-ed in last week’s Albany Times-Union on why upstate deserves access to Uber and Lyft.
Read the full op-ed here
Holland argues that allowing ridesharing will be an economic force, not only for the hospitality industry but all of upstate’s cultural institutions. With safe, reliable transportation tourists and residents alike will be more likely to travel to our small businesses, restaurants, and bars. New Yorkers, and the visitors to our wonderful upstate cities, want to be able to get around with ease, to spend money at restaurants, stores and movie theaters. It will become that much easier when we finally approve ridesharing statewide.