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Taxi drivers rally in White Plains against Uber, Lyft

Ahead of Thursday's launch, protestors say their jobs are at stake and want Uber and Lyft to go through the same New York State regulations that they do

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"No Uber in Westchester,” local taxi drivers shouted to make their message known. They want a level playing field, even though they don’t oppose competition.

If Westchester County decides to not opt out of Uber and Lyft, their services will legally go into effect on Thursday, and local taxi drivers are not happy about it.

On Martine Avenue in White Plains, a huge crowd of protesters is lined up saying their jobs are stake and they want Uber and Lyft to go through the same regulations that they have to.

"We want Uber to do the same thing that we do,” said taxi driver Mario Foso, who migrated to the U.S. from El Salvador 37 years ago and has been driving a taxi ever since. “We need fingerprints, we need commercial insurance, and we need to go through drug testing."

"We are the embodiment of the American dream. Most of my fellow taxi drivers are minorities, immigrants like myself,” said Foso. “All we need to do is make money to survive, provide for our family, that's all we're looking for."

This comes a day after Westchester County leaders met with Uber and Lyft in a heated forum demanding stricter policies when it comes to their drivers.

"Name checks are wonderful but it's the fingerprint that ensures that person is who they say they are," said County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky.

"We're just concerned that Uber and Lyft play by the rules and bring backgrounds, fingerprinting, to these drivers,” added County Board of Legislators Chair Mike Kaplowitz. “There are going to be some people, unfortunately, that are drivers, that should not and we're worried that people are going to get hurt.”

There will be a public meeting Wednesday morning at the Westchester County Building at 9 a.m. Residents are encouraged to voice their concerns when it comes to Uber or Lyft in the county.

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