Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Troy) joined fellow legislators and local stakeholders today to speak out about the importance of ridesharing services in the Capital Region. Led by Assemblyman Ray Walter and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, the press conference focused on the many benefits that these services provide. Services like Uber and Lyft are currently available in New York City but not yet legal in the rest of the state. Ridesharing has been shown to boost economic development, create jobs, heighten safety and raise industry standards across the board.
“I am very excited about the possibilities that ridesharing services will provide to Upstate New Yorkers,” said McLaughlin. “I am confident that when enacted, ridesharing will flood the economy with new jobs, providing people with an inexpensive, fast and convenient new option for transportation. I also believe these services will provide taxis with competition, requiring them to improve elements of their business like the cleanliness of their vehicles and the consistency of their services. These new transportation methods will raise tax revenue, increase tourism and give people an opportunity to earn some extra money for essentials like savings for college and raising their children.
“Easily-accessible ridesharing will result in safer roads as those who have had a drink will have additional options to prevent them from getting behind the wheel. People will then feel less restricted and more willing to go out, knowing they have a safe means to get home. Driver background checks are another safety precaution utilized by these services to ensure that they only employ qualified people.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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