Deal allows Uber, Lyft to operate in Westchester

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A deal has been reached between Westchester County and ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to begin legally operating in the area later this week.

The deal was reached in exchange for their drivers undergoing fingerprinting on a voluntary basis.

The eleventh-hour compromise comes a day before county legislators contemplated banning the ride-hailing apps altogether.  They considered banning the companies because their leaders weren't willing to have their drivers undergo more background checks than mandated by the state.

The county board will hold a public meeting Wednesday to let residents weigh in on Uber and Lyft, but it will be legal for them to operate in the county Thursday.

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