De Blasio: No, I’m Not Debating Uber

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio shot down a call by Uber to have a live debate about their differences, saying he doesn’t debate private corporations.

The ride-hailing service invited de Blasio on Monday to participate in a live-streamed conversation about the company’s future in New York. The de Blasio administration is trying to slow Uber’s rapid expansion.

“Uber is a multibillion-dollar corporation, and they’re acting like one,” de Blasio said.

His administration supports a proposal to cap Uber’s growth for a year while its impact is studied. The City Council is expected to weigh the proposal this week. The yellow cab industry, which stands to lose a lot by Uber’s growth, has been a big donor to de Blasio and many city councilmen.

San Francisco-based Uber has rejected all attempts to slow its growth. It says de Blasio is trying to stifle free enterprise and innovation.