The New York State Senate is expected to talk about ride sharing services outside of New York City, possibly including in the Binghamton area.

Senate Insurance Committee Chairman, James Seward (R) of Oneonta says allowing services like Uber and Lyft to operate in the entire state will create jobs and provide more safe transportation.  The legislation is also supported by Senator Fred Akshar (R) of Colesville.

The Senate bill is different from a proposal in the Governor’s budget by reducing the taxes that would have to be paid by ride-share customers.  The budget plan called for a 5.5% tax on rides outside of New York City while the Senate measure calls for a 2% tax and does not include the 4% state sales tax.