The New York State Senate easily passed a ride-sharing bill that would allow such transportation service to expand to Upstate.

The vote in favor of bill S4159 was 53-5.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has led the call for ride sharing to be allowed beyond New York City, though the taxi industry has called for tighter measures on operators involving background checks.

The senate version, supporters say, requires criminal and driving history background checks, passenger notifications of driver information and…