New Windsor, NY -- (7/18/16) Colin J. Schmitt, candidate for the 99th NYS Assembly District, has reaffirmed his support for legalization of rideshare such as Uber and Lyft in upstate New York.
Commonly known ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft can currently operate in New York City and in New Jersey up to the Orange and Rockland County borders, but not in the remainder of upstate New York. The State Senate passed legislation to authorize ridesharing companies to operate across the entire state, unfortunately the radical NYC controlled Assembly Democratic conference blocked the legislation from passing in the Assembly.
Ridesharing legalization would provide a myriad of benefits to the Hudson Valley including: Reliable and affordable transportation options, job opportunities and safety (ie DWI prevention).
Colin Schmitt stated, “Ridesharing is the future. Enabling the innovation economy to succeed in the Hudson Valley while providing critically needed transportation options for our community is important. The fact that the radical New York City controlled State Assembly Democratic conference blocked this legislation from passing is astonishing. We have been failed yet again by those who simply do not care about helping the Hudson Valley. Companies like Uber provide many benefits. Ridesharing would provide affordable on demand transportation options for all residents, even in the most rural areas. It is also projected that Uber alone would create upwards of 13,000 jobs for Upstate New York. Additionally, studies conducted in conjunction with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) have shown that regions where Uber operates have seen significant decreases in alcohol related car crashes. When elected to the State Assembly I will serve as a fierce advocate for legalization of ridesharing to ensure the Hudson Valley can fully partake in this transportation, job and safety innovation.”
Colin J. Schmitt is a resident of New Windsor. He serves in the Army National Guard and previously served as Director of Operations for the NYS Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.