A funny thing happened on the way to Thursday’s now-canceled vote on a tough-talk City Hall threat to put the brakes on Uber’s unfettered growth: Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out against Mayor Bill Bill de Blasio’s plan.
Oops, he did it again,
It's the latest dustup in the ongoing rift between the two top New York Democrats.
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The city struck a deal with Uber late Wednesday, one day before the expected vote to hold off on a plan to cap the number of vehicles on city streets in exchange for company data from its app for a traffic study.
Postponing the vote is exactly what Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was going to ask City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito to do, in an end-run around the mayor.
Cuomo revealed his plan on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom radio show .
“Uber is one of these great inventions, startups, of this new economy, and its taking off like fire to dry grass and it’s offering a great service for people and it’s giving people jobs,” the governor said. “I don’t think that government should be in the business of trying to restrict job growth, I don’t believe you can restrict job growth.”
Mayoral spokesman Wiley Norvell shot back at the governor.
“The issues here are serious for our city — protecting workers and passengers, fair service for people with disabilities, supporting public transit, addressing rising congestion,” he said. “No one should be manufacturing pretexts for avoiding those pressing issues.”
He also tweeted: “Uber’s Numbers Still Show It’s Making Traffic Worse”