This may be the closest we have ever been to having ride sharing services available to us here in Upstate New York.  It appears that lawmakers in Albany are close to finalizing a deal that would make Uber and Lyft apps legal in this part of the state.

According to a story published by, some state senators think the ride sharing services could be up and running in the upstate area this summer.  This is one of the very few regions in the country where they are not allowed to operate.

The report says that any of the 57 upstate counties could opt out of the ride sharing services if they choose, as could cities with a population over 100,000.  Utica and Rome are not included on the list, and could only turn down ride sharing if the entire county chooses to.

Uber is actively seeking drivers in the upstate area.  When you sign up to drive, you must undergo a background check as well as a thorough vehicle inspection.  You then choose the days and times when you would be on call to give Uber clients their rides.


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