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Ariana Lubelli Jun 28, 2017, 12:12 pmJun 29, 2017, 7:04 am

Westchester residents voice opinion on Uber, Lyft services in public hearing

County Exec. Rob Astorino announces ride-sharing will be permitted with addition of voluntary fingerprint program

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County and ridesharing companies come to agreement 

A public meeting held today for residents to voice their thoughts on Uber and Lyft services in Westchester County - one day before they are set to legally launch.

But Tuesday, the county executive made the announcement that the ride-sharing services will be permitted, with the addition of a voluntary fingerprint program.

Uber drivers seem to be okay with the voluntary fingerprint program that was agreed upon yesterday after long talks between the county and ride sharing companies.

For Micheal Rico, the fingerprint fee is a small price to pay if it means keeping him employed. The Yonkers father of two was laid off from his marketing job in 2015.

Many others shared similar stories at today's packed public hearing.

But for local taxi drivers, they say Uber has had the opposite effect on them – destroying business with rates that they say they just can't complete with.

Ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft will now legally go into effect tomorrow.

A compromise was reached yesterday between Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and the ride sharing companies after opting out of the services was debated.

Although dozens had the chance to voice their opinions on the matter, there will be no vote today.

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