Want to hail an Uber from your smartphone in Rochester? The first call you’ll have to make is to your local legislator.
Despite a recent poll from the ridesharing company showing that 80% of New Yorkers would support an expansion of Uber services outside of New York City, current state law requires that any taxi-like services must negotiate with each individual municipality in which they want to operate.
That law will be up for amendment once the state Congress resumes session in January 2017. For the past few months, Uber has bargained for a statewide pass to begin operations anywhere in Upstate or Long Island, but not without promising a few changes to its current programming.