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Uber relaunches #NYNeedsUber campaign

Uber New York has relaunched its #NYNeedsUber campaign urging New Yorkers to tell elected officials they want Uber in their communities.

Uber New York initially visited Rochester last year to drum up support for the service in the region. So far, it has not been allowed in Upstate New York because of legislative issues surrounding the service.

In a news release this week, the ridesharing service noted that last year hundreds of community leaders, elected officials and safety advocates, including Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, joined the #NYNeedsUber campaign.

In a recent poll of 800 registered voters across 57 counties outside New York City, Uber found that 80 percent of residents statewide support a proposal that would create strict rules for ridesharing services with standardized regulations that include background checks for drivers and required insurance.

Some 80 percent of New Yorkers believe that ridesharing services can be useful in areas with limited or no public transit, and 84 percent agree that ridesharing services can provide flexible economic opportunities for New Yorkers.

“The voices in support of ridesharing should be heard loud and clear across every region of the state,” said Josh Mohrer, Uber New York general manager. “It is also clear that New Yorkers are tired of their support being drowned out by New York City special interests and are demanding statewide regulations to allow ridesharing.”

Mohrer said now is the time for Albany to listen and give New York communities the affordable and reliable transit options they want.

But not everyone wants Uber in upstate communities. The Upstate Transportation Association, a nonprofit trade association for private passenger transportation companies, wants stricter rules for Uber and other ridesharing companies.

Association president John Tomassi said Uber must agree to fingerprint background checks for all potential drivers, as it does in New York City.

“Uber is once again trying to expand upstate without providing any of the basic safety protections it offers to riders in New York City,” Tomassi said in a statement. “State lawmakers must reject this insulting and dangerous proposition, which would put millions of upstate riders at risk.”

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