Get ready to see Uber and Lyft on upstate New York roads.
The state budget deal, announced late Friday, will authorize ride-hailing companies to operate across New York with uniform licensing standards.
The final state budget has not yet been passed, but on Friday leaders talked of a deal that would include the measure.
That was good news for ride-hailing companies that have lobbied hard to operate in the region.
“Hey, New York - your Uber is arriving this summer," Uber Tri-State General Manager Josh Mohrer said in a statement Friday. "Thank you to Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for working hard on a compromise that will bring more transportation options to the Empire State."
"This could not have been possible without the help of all of our supporters - mayors, small business owners, clergy, community leaders and, most importantly, the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who made their voices heard by contacting elected officials to demand that ridesharing be available in all of New York. We can’t wait to bring reliable, affordable transportation options to the entire state this summer," he said.
The Upstate Transportation Association, a taxi owner trade group, declined to comment.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will oversee the ride-share companies.