The Albany Times Union recently published a letter to the editor written by LRANY’s Adam Morey pointing to the trial lawyers influence on preventing the passage of ride-sharing upstate and the devastating consequences this action had for the people of New York.
“By partnering with Uber to provide free sober rides for its employees, local beverage distributor DeCrescente Distributing Co. is making an admirable step in the right direction (“Uber, business reach a pact,” Dec. 20). Unfortunately, this will remain a symbolic gesture until the Legislature approves a bill allowing ride-sharing services to operate upstate.
As the Times Union previously reported, the measure passed the Senate in June, but the powerful New York State Trial Lawyers Association — seeking to profit from potential lawsuits — pushed legislators to raise insurance coverage limits causing the bill to stall in the Assembly. According to Politico, a similar situation unfolded in New Jersey: A trial lawyers’ lobbyist pressured lawmakers to amend a ride-sharing proposal and it was pulled from a vote at the last minute.”