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Contact: Timothy Lantz

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January 31, 2017

BRABENEC CALLS FOR UPSTATE RIDESHARING ON HEELS OF


ALBANY PRESS CONFERENCE
**Click Here to watch Assemblyman Brabenec speak on ridesharing at todays
press conference

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,TCN-Deerpark) [at podium] talks about the importance of upstate
ridesharing at a press conference today in Albany.

Joined by fellow legislators and representatives from local groups pushing for ridesharing
in Upstate New York, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R,TCN-Deerpark) spoke at a press
conference in the Capitol today held by Assemblyman Raymond Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) and
Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R,C,I, Ref-Ballston) to call for legalization of ridesharing
services such as Uber and Lyft. Currently, the companies are only allowed to operate in New
York City.
It is an absolute disgrace that state leaders have chosen New York City, a place with an
already-thriving public transportation system, as the only region of the state to offer ridesharing
and upstate is left with unreliable taxi and bus services, Brabenec said. Services such as Uber
and Lyft have the potential to create thousands of new jobs, take drunk drivers off the road,
provide the public with a safe, reliable and cheap alternative for travel and raise industry
standards across the board. Legalizing ridesharing upstate is one of my top priorities this year
and I will continue to fight until it becomes a reality.
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