New York's 2017-2018 state budget includes a statewide system for ridesharing that would allow services like Uber to operate across the state.

New York’s 2017-2018 state budget includes a statewide system for ridesharing that would allow services like Uber to operate across the state. A number of organizations and other ridesharing proponents applauded the decision.

“Thanks to Governor Cuomo and the Legislature’s leadership, New Yorkers will soon have a safe ride home at the end of an evening out,” stated Richard Mallow, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving New York. “Ridesharing has been a proven tool to reduce drunk driving incidents and our leaders should be commended for taking steps to make our roads, children, and families safer.”

“We are thankful that after years of relentless advocacy, ridesharing is finally coming to the entire state,” stated Heather C. Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State. “The Governor made this a priority back in January and the legislative leaders carried that commitment across the finish line. We are excited that all New Yorkers will soon be able to enjoy the convenience and economic benefits of ridesharing.”

“Finally, Upstate New York will have access to ridesharing services that can provide safe, reliable transportation options to restaurant and bar patrons,” stated Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association. “This is great progress that will keep our customers safe, and provide an economic boost to our businesses. Thank you to the Governor and all the legislative representatives who worked to make this happen for our state.”

"We've reached the light at the end of the tunnel and it shines brightly with new ridesharing transportation options for all New Yorkers,” stated Joe Bonilla, executive director of Capital Craft Beverage Trail Association. “Ridesharing connects New Yorkers with new opportunities, increased economic investment in Upstate cities and towns, and a safer, more green environment,” stated Bonilla.