Capitol Watch: Uber leads lobbying, Heastie on fall session

October 21, 2017 - 11:26 am

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York government news, Uber spent more on state lobbying than any other group in the first half of 2017 as it worked to convince lawmakers to allow it to expand upstate.

Uber reported nearly $1.8 million in lobbying expenses from January through June. Lawmakers voted this spring to allow ride-hailing services like Uber to expand outside of New York City into cities including Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

Meanwhile, Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is skeptical about holding a special fall legislative session. Heastie said he's not sure a special session is needed — unless Washington cuts more funding for the state.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo pitched the idea of a special session focused on federal cuts and flood relief for residents along Lake Ontario.

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