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City Hallways (Feb. 9): Upstate ride hailing a bit closer, but still so far away

Uber update

Latest on ride hailing from Albany: The state Senate earlier this week - Monday - passed an upstate ride-hailing bill, just as it did last year, that would allow services like Uber and Lyft to operate in Buffalo.

But still nothing from the state Assembly, which is where the bill died last year - although there's talk the Assembly will be introducing a bill of its own this session.

Also, the Senate bill is a bit different than the one Gov. Cuomo proposed. Cuomo wants a 5.5 percent tax on rides; the Senate bill calls for a 2 percent tax.

That means that, assuming the Assembly introduces a bill, there would have to be compromise talks to come up with a bill the Senate, Assembly and governor would agree on.

Here's latest story, by my Buffalo News colleagues, on the 20-year-old man who died following confrontation with police.

Photo of Wardel Davis provided by his girlfriend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today's calendar items

City  Preservation Board meets this afternoon.

In case you missed it, here are links to my BMHA travel stories, on Sunday and Monday.

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