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.