Tedisco Votes Yes to Help Pass Senate Bill to Bring Ride-Sharing Upstate

Legislation will help boost Upstate NY economy, create new jobs and bring the convenience of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft to the 49th Senate District


New York State Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) and his Senate colleagues today took a major step forward in helping grow Upstate New York’s economy by passing new legislation to bring popular ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to the 49th Senate District and across Upstate New York.


The measure, Senate bill S.4159, which is prime sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R,C,I-REF-Oneonta) expands ride sharing outside of New York City and into all regions of Upstate New York.


The bill ensures the safety of passengers by requiring criminal and driver history background checks for all drivers and allows for greater accessibility for people with disabilities. 


“One of the things I’ve heard over and over again the past few months from the residents of the 49th Senate District is people saying: ‘we want Uber and Lyft!” said Tedisco.  “Ride sharing will create new jobs in our area and be a tremendous benefit to our small businesses for commerce and business traveling and for those who need transportation to medical appointments or grocery shopping. This will be especially helpful for people with disabilities and those who need rides in our rural and suburban areas that don’t have easy access to public transportation.”

“Bringing ride sharing to Upstate New York should be a no-brainer when you consider all the positive economic benefits. Let’s get it done!” said Tedisco.


The bill now moves to the Assembly for consideration.