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New York lawmakers have voted to let Uber and Lyft begin picking up passengers in upstate New York a little early.

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A local state senator is sponsoring legislation that would allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to begin service in the Buffalo area, and other cities outside of New York City, sooner than legally allowed. Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has now picked up a key ally in the Assembly.


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Erie County legislators want the start of ride-hailing moved up, to make for a better and safer Fourth of July.

It's easy enough for people who live in cities to hail a ride, either from a taxi or a service like Uber or Lyft. There's plenty of demand, and plenty of drivers. A startup is trying to bring a similar service to rural America, but it has required some creative thinking.

The town of Van Wert sits on the western edge of Ohio. It's a stretch of flat farm country punctuated with grain silos and a stone castle that's listed as the nation's first county public library.

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Ride-hailing services are expected to be up and running across the region in about 90 days, according to State Senator Tim Kennedy.

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The new state budget includes provisions for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to expand into upstate New York as of this summer.

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Uber and the NAACP issued a joint report Monday that calls on state lawmakers to approve ride-hailing service - or ride-sharing - across Upstate.

After less than a year as president of Uber, Jeff Jones is leaving the embattled ride-hailing company, Uber confirms.

"We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best," an Uber spokesperson says in a statement.

Jones, previously Target's chief marketing officer, was brought on by CEO Travis Kalanick last fall to boost Uber's reputation.

A new Uber ad specifically calls attention to Buffalo's lack of ride-hailing services for this week's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Not everyone in Buffalo is ready to welcome Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies just yet. Speakers gathered outside the offices of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership to explain why they want state leaders to wait.


There's a push underway for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft in upstate New York.

With a prize of $5,000 on the line, organizers of the UberPITCH contest are seeking entrepreneurs who are ready to present their startup ideas today. Co-sponsors 43North and Uber NY teamed up for the contest to bring "innovation and creativity to the Western New York community," said John Gavigan, Executive Director of 43North.

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At least one person in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts did not agree Monday when Governor Cuomo's State of the State message included a full-throated pitch for ridesharing, like Uber and Lyft.  Todd Vaarwerk, director of advocacy and public policy for the Western New York Independent Living Center, does not agree with the pitch, saying ridesharing companies do not allow access for people like him, the state's disabled community.


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Ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Regional State of the State Address in Buffalo Monday, there is a new push to make ridesharing a priority this session. A diverse group turned out at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Thursday to voice their support. 


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In Albany’s own version of Groundhog Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still keeping open the possibility of a special session before the year ends that could include legalizing ride-sharing services statewide and a pay raise for lawmakers.


A speedy passage of Erie County's budget for next year temporarily stalled Tuesday over $100,000 to help Visit Buffalo Niagara's efforts to legalize use of ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, Upstate.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Backed by $100,000 provided by the Erie County Legislature, Visit Buffalo Niagara will create a campaign that aims to convince Albany lawmakers to approve app-based ride hailing throughout Upstate New York in 2017.

Police chiefs tell Cuomo: make ride-hailing available

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The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, which is currently led by a Buffalo-area law enforcer, is joining the chorus of those who want New York State to allow ride-hailing beyond New York City.


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A Buffalo Common Council Member's proposed changes, designed to make it easier for ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber to eventually open in the city, has a fellow lawmaker urging peers to put up a roadblock.


Uber drivers, fast food workers, health aides and airport employees are striking or demonstrating in several cities across America on Tuesday, in what organizers are describing as a "day of disruption" calling for a higher minimum wage.

For years, several groups have held protests in support of a $15 minimum wage. But the "Fight for $15" organizers planning Tuesday's event say this is the first time Uber drivers are joining in the demonstrations.

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Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are currently not permitted to do business in Upstate New York cities including Buffalo. But believing that Albany will one day change that, Buffalo Common Councilmember Joseph Golombek is proposing changes to city ordinances that would make it smoother for such companies to open in the city.


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Albany lawmakers worked through the overnight hours into Saturday morning, settling a number of measures at the end of the legislative session. State Senator Patrick Gallivan ( R, C, IP ) of the 59th Senate District said some items were still overlooked.

Karen DeWitt

With the legislative session down to the wire, groups for and against bills including expansion of Uber ride services and ethics reform came to the Capitol to make their voices heard.


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Ride-hailing has been touted as a mechanism for job creation, a way to lessen drunk driving, and a key to improving transportation in areas where it is otherwise lacking. On Tuesday morning, a group of advocates joined forces to urge Albany lawmakers to decide on legislation that would bring ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to cities across Upstate New York.

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One of the first issues that lawmakers will contend with when they return to Albany next month will be the expansion of app-based transportation services.

Jonny Moran

Ride-sharing may finally be on its way back to upstate New York, at least according to an official from a high-profile passenger service.

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Uber and other ride sharing services are gearing up to win permission from the state legislature to operate in areas outside New York City. State Senators held a round table discussion of how to craft legislation.


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A new group has been launched to help expand Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing platforms across the state. The effort is being led by the Internet Association, which represents dozens of well known companies, from Amazon to Zenga.

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An unmade decision in Albany on whether or not to permit ride-sharing in Buffalo and across upstate New York didn’t stop the ride-sharing company Uber from hosting a job fair in downtown Buffalo on Tuesday.

There has been a big push by the popular ride-sharing service Uber to crack its way into the upstate market. The San Francisco-based company has developed roots in New York City, but is now pushing lawmakers in Albany to expand statewide.

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