New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking on Uber—and celebrities are taking on de Blasio.
On Thursday, the City Council is expected to vote on a proposal from the mayor that would put a cap on Uber and similar companies’ growth for up to a year while the city determines how to best regulate such companies. Mayor de Blasio has cited concern about congestion as one issue. Uber executives have taken to Twitter to argue against the vote, and on Wednesday, some celebrities did too.
Actors Neil Patrick Harris and Ashton Kutcher, and model Kate Upton have all tweeted in support of Uber.
What will happen at the City Council vote remains to be seen, but if Uber loses, there’s going to be some unhappy NYC starlets.
UPDATE: Mayor de Blasio’s administration announced around 4 pm on Wednesday that they are dropping plans to cap the number of Uber vehicles in New York City, according to The New York Times. The city will instead survey “the effect of Uber and other for-hire vehicle operators on the city’s traffic and environment” over the course of the next four months. The temporary agreement doesn’t preclude the de Blasio administration from capping Uber’s operational capacity after the four months are up; it also demands Uber provide data for the survey. Uber currently operates approximately 20,000 vehicles within the city.
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