New York City Mayor Rejects Uber Debate Offer

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio warned that Uber was not taking a “wise course” in its dealings with New York City and said that “people will reject” the online taxi service if it continued to act as if it could “dictate to government." The latest missive in de Blasio’s ongoing fight with the multibillion dollar company, which is facing regulatory hurdles in major cities around the world, came shortly after the mayor rejected an open invitation for a debate with the company officials that would have been streamed online to discuss the Democratic mayor’s issue with the company. Bertha Lewis, executive director of the Black Institute in New York City, said, "If Uber thinks it can exploit communities of color in New York City as part of some cynical marketing strategy, it can think again."