Mayor de Blasio Says He Beat Uber. Did He?

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Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won. He’s dropping his attempt to cap Uber’s growth; the app ride giant has agreed to turn over some data, and to discuss contributing to the MTA budget and possibly adding “worker and consumer protections.” Depending on the details — like how much money might go to public transit, which remains to be negotiated — those are indeed good things.

But it’s a bruising win. The editorial pages of all three city dailies called the mayor’s cap a bad idea; Uber dropped millions of dollars’ worth of TV and web attack ads on de Blasio; and over the past several days, a series of elected officials — Ruben Diaz Jr. and Eric Adams; city comptroller Scott Stringer; and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who de Blasio’s rivals are promoting as a 2017 mayoral contender — came out against the cap. Today the political momentum crested with de Blasio’s good buddy, Governor Andrew Cuomo, praising Uber as “one of these great inventions … I don’t think government should be in the business of trying to restrict job growth.”

The city will conduct a four-month traffic study and says it might pursue a cap again if Uber doesn’t live up to its end of the bargain. It’s hard to imagine, though, the mayor stepping in front of this moving vehicle again anytime soon.

Mayor de Blasio Says He Beat Uber. Did He?