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Council President McLaughlin Takes Inaugural Uber Ride

Post Date:06/29/2017 2:39 PM
Yonkers, New York -  As Uber launched its ridesharing service across Westchester County, Yonkers City Council President Liam J. McLaughlin took the inaugural Uber ride.

Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin said, "We are very excited to launch the ridesharing economy here in Yonkers.  The voluntary fingerprinting and additional background checks Uber has provided will help ensure that riders are safe. We will continue working with them to provide safe, reliable transportation to the people of Yonkers."

“Hey, Yonkers  - your Uber is arriving now! New Yorkers have been demanding ridesharing in their communities for years and our leaders have delivered ensuring that starting this holiday weekend, residents and visitors will always have an affordable, reliable ride,” said Alix Anfang, Uber spokesperson.

Poll after poll has shown overwhelming support for ridesharing in every corner of the state. And nearly 80% of suburban voters support ridesharing in New York.

Uber can make New York State communities a safer place to live because it has been proven to help reduce drunk driving instances in cities where it operates.

An independent study conducted by Temple University found cities where Uber operates have 3.6%-5.6% fewer drunk driving deaths than cities without access to ridesharing. This means Uber has the potential to save hundreds of lives. And a report by Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) released in January concludes that when empowered with more transportation options like Uber, people are making responsible choices that result in fewer alcohol-related crashes.

In April, the Governor and the Legislature passed a bill to bring ridesharing to the Empire State. And on June 5th, ridesharing companies were given the green light to operate across New York State ahead of the July 4th weekend, when many New Yorkers are out celebrating.

Riders can download the Uber app in the iTunes or Google Play stores and get a fare estimate here.

For New Yorkers interested in driving with Uber, please visit uber.com/drive
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