Cuomo Gets ‘Lyft’ From The Airport

Apr 26, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Governor Cuomo came to Rochester Tuesday morning to talk about transportation. He arrived at the New York Division Of Military and Naval Affairs in a car driven by a former Lyft driver, Rita Bentley of Rochester.

Credit Alex Crichton, WXXI

"She's going to be a Lyft driver again. We signed the law that allows Uber and Lyft to operate in Upstate New York.  So in just a few short weeks, she's going to be back at work," he said.

Bentley says she's excited at the prospect of driving again for the ride-hailing service.

"Economically speaking, I can't wait.  I have two children, so I'm raising them.  And it was just an overall experience. To meet new people, kept the streets a little safer," she said.

The new state budget authorizes ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber to operate upstate.

It's expected the companies will start in July.

While in Rochester, Governor Cuomo took part in ground breaking ceremonies on the $60 million dollar improvement project at the Greater Rochester International Airport.

Here's the governor arriving via a former Lyft driver this morning: