Gov. Cuomo: Want Uber upstate? Call your lawmaker

Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says upstate residents who want to see Uber in cities like Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester should call their state lawmakers.

The Democratic governor told reporters this week that it will take public pressure to get lawmakers to support Uber’s expansion plan.

The app-based ride-hailing service is legally prohibited from operating outside of New York City. The company wants the Legislature to lift that ban when they return to Albany next year.

On Thursday, Uber released a new poll of 800 people living outside New York City that shows 80 percent support for its expansion.

Meanwhile, the Upstate Transportation Association is urging lawmakers to require Uberto fingerprint drivers, like it does in New York City. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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