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Cuomo takes Uber's first upstate ride in Buffalo

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo got to take the first Uber ride in upstate Tuesday on his way to a stop in Buffalo.

Cuomo and Howard Zemsky, the CEO for Empire State Development, took an Uber ride to the Rev. Dr. Bennett Smith Sr. Family Life Center on Michigan Avenue.

New York City-based driver Tariq Nawaz, a Buffalo native, was at the wheel. Nawaz said he might be able to move back to Western New York now that ride-hailing is coming to upstate.

Cuomo, for his part, joked that Zemsky wanted to steal the spotlight from the governor by jumping out of the car first, only to have his plan thwarted when Nawaz tripped the child safety locks and prevented the door from opening.

"I was excited about ride-sharing coming to upstate New York," Zemsky said.

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