NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Uber kicked off a city-wide jobs tour at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City, Queens, on Tuesday as the city considers limiting the number of for-hire vehicles on the streets.
Drivers interested in joining Uber got the chance to learn about the company from hundreds of driver-partners and its general manager.
But while the company plans to hire more drivers, there’s an uproar over Uber and City Hall’s efforts to crackdown on its expansion.
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to put the brakes on the company’s plans to hire an extra 10,000 drivers. On Monday, he turned down an offer for a live debate with Uber.
“I do not debate with the heads of private companies over their own self interest,” de Blasio said.
On Tuesday, Uber exec David Plouffe went on the offensive.
“It’s a cap on jobs, killing over 10,000 jobs,” he told CBS This Morning. “At the end of the day I think the taxi industry has showered the mayor, the council president with a lot of money and this is payback.”
Uber recently launched television ads attacking de Blasio over the cap measure in the City Council.
Senior mayoral advisor Phil Walzak said Uber’s ads are misleading and replete with personal attacks, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
“Too many times we see big, multi-million corporations muscle in, play the bully and try to make sure that local governments don’t do anything to enact common sense regulation,” Walzak said.