New York City’s Second-Most Powerful Politician Isn’t Waiting in the Wings – Next City

The worst of New York City’s latest fight with Uber lasted just a week, but featured all the best in political stagecraft.

Up at Sylvia’s in Harlem, there was app flack (and ex-Obama campaign guru) David Plouffe, flanked by an all-black cast, declaring that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration’s attempt to cap the number of black and livery cars on city streets and limit Uber’s expansion would not only kill jobs but harm communities of color that relied on the ride giant for travel to outer borough neighborhoods. Swimsuit model Kate Upton made a cameo with a tweet in defense of Uptown Uber riders. Governor Andrew Cuomo, otherwise reluctant to discuss municipal transportation issues, charged to the company’s defense. And Uber debuted a “de Blasio” setting that envisioned a future of fewer on-demand rides.

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