Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 20, 2015 · Page A10
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Rochester, New York
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Kevin Barwell, president of the Limousine, Bus, Taxi Operators of Upstate New York, said Uber and Lyft should live by the same rules that are required of oth- e r taxi and livery compa- n ies. “ If they want to come i n like any other business, like I did when I started or anyone else started, and they want to operate the same way, we have no problem with that,” Barwell, who owns a limousine company in Buffalo, said. “But to give one entity an unfair advantage because it’s Uber or Lyft or some company that everyone thinks is cool, t hat we have a problem with.” Lyft moved into Buffalo and Rochester last year, but shuttered after entering an agreement with the state Attorney G eneral’s Office to opera te exclusively in New York City.The move came because regulators said the company did not comply with state insurance and licensing laws. But support for the companies continues to grow, and there are already some services disc reetly available in the l ower Hudson Valley. U ber said it views upstate as three markets: the New York City suburbs, areas with college campuses and mid-to-large cities. The state Assembly held a roundtable discussion Monday in New York City on the effort to have a s tatewide law, and another o ne is planned Wednesday a t the Capitol. O n Tuesday, Uber is organizing a rally at the Capitol to launch its upstate marketing campaign, with stops planned in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton in the coming weeks. Advocates said the ride-sharing services would be valuable in upstate New York, which has fewer taxis and a limited public transit system comp ared to New York City. “Transportation options available in New York City are much harder to come by elsewhere in the state,” David Mack, di- rector of public affairs f or Lyft said in a state- m ent. “We’re excited that elected officials are working towards the return of ride-sharing in upstate New York.” In New York City, Uber alone provides more than 100,000 rides a day. Uber is gaining a foothold in Westchester C ounty, even though it i sn’t licensed to operate t here, the Journal News reported last month. While Uber users can take a rider to Westchester if they are traveling to or from the city, they can’t operate in the county alone. This year, for example, Westchester has issued roughly 1 ,000 tickets to Uber d rivers for operating w ithout a proper license. T he situation is complicated by the fact that local governments can have their own regulations regarding livery services, which Uber notes as a reason why statewide legislation is needed. In Ithaca, city officials are considering revisionsto its taxi laws to cover ride-sharing services. A ny statewide legislation needs to be crafted so it doesn’t hurt existing businesses, said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County. Morelle is one of the sponsors of the bill t hat would aid ride-sharing services. M orelle said there will likely be new legislation for next year’s session that incorpo- r ates concerns from Uber and Lyft, as well as the current livery companies in upstate. JSPECTOR@ G w gannettalbany Uber Continued from Page 6A for vagueness,” the court ruling states. The court, however, found New York’s requirement that only seven bullets can be loaded i nto a 10-round magazine i s unconstitutional, up- h olding a previous court ruling. In response to the earlier ruling, New York has already agreedto not enforce the seven- bullet limit. In Connecticut, the court ruled against a provision that prohibits the ownership of a non- s emiautomatic Reming- t on 7615. T he judges said that t he seven-round limit would be difficult to enforce, citing how most manufacturers do not make guns that only hold seven rounds. “New York has failed to present evidence that the mere existence of this load limit will convince any would-be malefactors to load magazines capable of holding ten rounds with only t he permissible seven,” the ruling states. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who championed the SAFE Act, praised the ruling. The SAFE Act was passed by the Legislature in January 2013 and included a series of g un-control policies, such as stronger back- g round checks and new registration requirements for gun owners. In recent weeks, the D emocratic governor has called on Congress to pass tougher gun laws in the wake of mass shootings and after one o f his aides was fatally s hot in Brooklyn. “Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld what we have long known to b e true — that the core p rovisions of the NY SAFE Act do not violate the Second Amendment,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Today, comm on sense prevailed.” G un-rights groups knocked the decision. “The Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision released Monday on t he ‘NY UNSAFE Act’ is both disappointing and expected given the politicized nature of the issue,” Jake Palmateer, who heads the group, N Y2A, said in a statement. The state Rifle & Pistol Association vowed to t ake the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Remember we have n ow reached the beginning of the end of our journey. Let’s pull together and finish this fight with another victory,” the group said on its website. A ttorney General Eri c Schneiderman, who represented New York in the case, hailed the r uling. “I am very pleased that the court upheld al- m ost every aspect of the law,” he said in a statement. “Now that the c ourt has ruled, it is time for everyone involved in t he critical debate about how to keep weapons out of the hands of danger- o us and unstable people to come together to work toward sensible solu- t ions that will keep our communities safe.” J SPECTOR@Gan- Joseph Spector is the Gannett Albany Bureau chief. Court Continued from Page 1A New York’s Depart- m ent of Motor Vehicles s ays drivers are allowed again to install snow tires with metal studs for the winter. The department says by law the studded tires can be used from Oct. 16 through April 30. The tires are intended to provide better traction o n ice and snow. T he National Highway T raffic Safety Adminis tration is separately ad- vising drivers keep winter gear in their cars inc luding an ice scraper a nd snow shovel, cell p hone and charger, blankets, jumper cables and flashlight. The agency also suggests ensuring car batteries are well charged and windshield wiper fluid containers are filled. DMV to allow studded tires for driving in snow ASSOCIATED PRESS

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