Schenectady County Legislature Approves Resolution in Support of Ride-sharing Services in Upstate New York

The Schenectady County Legislature approved a resolution at their March Regular Meeting encouraging the Governor and the State Legislature to Approve Legislation Regarding Ride-Sharing Services in Upstate New York.

“Residents of Schenectady County, and all of upstate New York, should have the same consumer options as downstate residents,” said Legislator Holly Vellano, sponsor of the resolution.  “Whether its for safety reasons or just convenience, our residents deserve a clean and friendly transportation alternative that ride-sharing currently provides in New York City and so many other communties throughout the United States.”

Curently certain ride-sharing companies, like Uber and Lyft, are allowed to operate in New York City, but are restricted from operating in the rest of upstate New York.  Ride sharing would not only provide an alternative transportation option and enhance competition, but would also provide flexible employment opportunities for County residents.

“Schenectady County has become a true tourism destination in upstate New York,” said Legislator Jeff McDonald, President of the newly created Schenectady County Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “Ride sharing is an absolute neccesity to accomidate our visitors and allow them to experience the many things that our County has to offer safely.”

The resolution calls on the Governor and the State Legislature to approve legislation in relation to ride-sharing services in upstate New York and was approved at the Legislature’s Regular Meeting on Thursday, March 16, 2017.



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