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City Hallways (Jan. 11) Uber Update: City plan on hold

Uber Update

Common Council was set to consider this week some regulations to cover the ride-hailing industry, on the assumption that Uber and its competitors are likely to get state approval soon to start operating in Buffalo and the rest of upstate New York.

But the Council is doing nothing for now. Instead, city lawmakers want to hear what the state plans to do to regulate the industry before adopting any Buffalo-specific rules.

That's according to North District Councilman Joe Golombek, who introduced the Buffalo ride-hailing regulation proposal.

Gov. Cuomo is expected to talk about the state's efforts next week, Golombek said.

Equity, opportunity, diversity

Lot going on today regarding minority and women-owned businesses.

First, Mayor Brown will be unveiling steps he's taking, via a series of Executive Orders, to help ensure minority and women-owned businesses get their fair share of city contracts.

Then city officials will be hosting a meeting aimed at bringing together large, established contracting firms with smaller minority and women-owned businesses.

It's the first of two such meetings. A second is scheduled for tomorrow, according to University Councilman Rasheed Wyatt.

A Get Well card

Council members are officially excused when they miss Council meetings, as was the case Tuesday for Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana, who, I'm told, is out sick with pneumonia.

"I hope he comes back soon," said Wyatt. "I miss him to the left" - a reference to the Council's seating arrangement, not Wyatt and Fontana's political leanings.

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