The State Senate has passed a bill to bring ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to upstate New York.

Senator Joseph Griffo, who voted in favor of the legislation, says the proposal would expand ride-sharing operations outside of New York City to offer safe and reliable transportation options for upstate residents.  Griffo says it will also create opportunities for new jobs.

“As economies continue to evolve in this 21st century, I believe ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft will empower communities in the Mohawk Valley and the North Country to grow and adapt in the face of new opportunities,” Griffo said. “By embracing the same modern options for safe and affordable transportation that are currently available in many other states, Upstate New York will be in a competitive position to experience the kind of vibrancy that can attract younger generations, energize communities and foster business growth. I am proud to support this measure, which would better ensure that across the state these drivers and passengers are offered the safest and most accessible experience they expect with this opportunity.”

The bill now goes to the Assembly.