Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that New York state should create a statewide system for regulating Uber and other ride-sharing companies, a move that could allow anyone with a car in New York City to become a cab driver.
Cuomo said a statewide license is needed as companies cross municipal borders with fares. “You can’t do Uber city by city,” the govenor said. “This would be a statewide franchise.”
The governor was asked about legislation pending in Albany after Uber on Tuesday joined Lyft in pushing for the measures that would allow the companies to operate upstate.
Cuomo’s support of the measures undercuts Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has backing from the city’s yellow-cab industry and in July sought to cap the growth of the ride-sharing companies.
It’s the latest move in a feud between the two Democrats, self-proclaimed longtime friends who have battled on everything from raising taxes on the wealthy to mass-transit funding.