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Pols love competition for taxis

Jun 09, 2017 12:03 am
Richard Moody in the Register-Star reports that Lyft and Uber have no plans at this time to compete with local taxi companies in Greene and Columbia counties. But, the paper reports, local political representatives can't wait to give the companies free advertising. Ride-hailing companies are allowed in New York without having to follow the same regulations as of June 29, and local politicians are ecstatic. "The residents of Columbia County and all those using the Hudson train station have waited too long for the convenience of ride-sharing," said Assemblyperson Didi Barrett who voted for the bills and represents the 106th District in Columbia County. Assemblyperson Pete Lopez, a Republican who represents Greene County in the 102nd District, said "I received letters and phone calls from constituents requesting we allow ride-sharing upstate. I supported any access expansion for areas that are underserved in transportation options." State Sen. George Amedore in the 46th District seat in Greene County, said, "The easy-to-use service has great potential to create jobs and fuel the economy in the area." Read the full story in the Register-Star.