Action Alert: Tell Suffolk County to Keep Ridesharing Legal
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Ridesharing will become legal across New York State on June 29th, but don’t pull out your phone to book a ride just yet if you live in Suffolk County
It’s all thanks to a wrench Albany threw into its ridesharing bill. Larger counties have the choice to opt-out of the law, and some legislators are weighing their options amidst lobbying fights.
Suffolk County officials are the latest to be pressured by narrow, special interests who want to pile on new regulations and cash in.
Here’s what you should know:
- Taxi companies are pressuring Suffolk County legislators to block ridesharing services.
- Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recognizes the benefits of ridesharing, and has publicly supported the law.
- The County Executive’s office estimates that Suffolk will see an additional $178 million in economic activity through consumers spending, and earnings for local drivers.
- Long Islanders, and suburban New Yorkers, overwhelming support legalizing ride-hailing apps in polls and surveys.
Here’s what you can do:
Call and email your County Legislator, and tell them to keep ridesharing in Suffolk.
Albany already put this sharing economy industry through the ringer, and ridesharing apps, drivers, and the companies will fork over additional taxes and face heavy regulation. Suffolk has little real reason for concern, blocking ridesharing would be about special interest politics, not what is best for residents.
Contact Reclaim New York Initiative if you would like to join our local efforts to protect ridesharing. We need your voice to be heard!
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