The drivers said the ride-sharing services’ bid to expand and operate outside of New York City would threaten their livelihood, as well as the livelihood of all local, Upstate New York taxi drivers.
“We’re there” for our passengers, taxi driver Johnnie Reynolds told the Democrat and Chronicle.
In addition, City Council members Michael Patterson and Molly Clifford said they currently stand on the side of the drivers in the ride-sharing debate, while Mayor Lovely Warren and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, have recently spoken in support of the new services coming to Rochester.
According to Uber, its expansion would create 1,000 new jobs in the area, however, opponents of the measure have said those jobs would largely be for low-paying, part-time work.
“While the taxi industry continues to spread lies about Uber in order to protect their bottom line, we are confident that state leaders will hear the voices of the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are demanding regulated ride-sharing in their cities and towns,” Uber spokesperson Alix Anfang said in a statement.
Last Wednesday, an organization called “New Yorkers for Ridesharing” started a new campaign, in an effort to get lawmakers to bring the services to area.