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Cuomo backs statewide rules for Uber, other ride sharing services


Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s going to press for a statewide regulatory system that allows ride sharing services, including Uber and Lyft, to operate.

One day after Uber launched a lobbying effort to expand to upstate New York and Long Island , Cuomo says he’s driving a proposal for a statewide system  to allow the ride sharing services to by pass local  licensing procedures.

“You can’t do Uber city by city,” said Cuomo, who says that would result in over “200 different varieties” of licenses all with slightly different rules.

The governor says the rules for Uber and other ride sharing services would also apply to New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to limit Uber’s expansion. Cuomo says under his plan, municipalities would still have the power to regulate their own taxi and limousine services.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.