Efforts to expand Uber, Lyft in NY faltering in state legislature

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Efforts to allow Uber and Lyft to expand into upstate New York are faltering in the final days of the legislative session in Albany.

Lawmakers are divided over how much the app-based ride-hailing services should be required to pay in insurance costs. While one bill has support in the Senate, a measure in the Assembly failed to make it out of committee on Tuesday. Uber itself opposed that proposal, saying the insurance costs would be too high.

Unless a new agreement is reached before the end of the week, the companies may have to return to try again next year.

The ride-hailing services’ proposed expansion outside of New York City has run into opposition from taxi cab owners who say their industry will be devastated.

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