Afternoon Bulletin: Cuomo Calls for Statewide Regulation of Uber and More

Governor Cuomo has said that Uber and other app-based transportation programs to be relegated by statewide laws, essentially removing power from the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

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Governor Cuomo has said that Uber (UBER) and other app-based transportation programs should be regulated by statewide laws, removing power from the Taxi and Limousine Commission. He argues that burgeoning interest in bringing the apps to more cities across the state warrants a standard set of rules. Uber showed delight in the proposal, which would bring the app to both Albany and Buffalo. Uber spokesman Alix Anfang told the Post, “State leaders are hearing the voices of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are clamoring for services like Uber across the state.” (New York Post)

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Afternoon Bulletin: Cuomo Calls for Statewide Regulation of Uber and More