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De Blasio’s latest attempt to ban horse carriages is already belly-up: sources

The finish is neigh for outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Eleventh-hour push to ban horse carriages from Central Park, City Council sources instructed The Post.

“I don’t know of anyone who’s working on a bill. I don’t see it coming together,” mentioned one Council insider.

But de Blasio insisted Monday that he desires to finish the “inhumane” follow, which he’d vowed to do when first taking workplace in 2014. The bid failed over considerations about 200 job loses within the trade.

“This is something we’re talking to the City Council about and it’s something, look I’ve believed for a long time the horse carriages just don’t make sense. They’re inhumane. It’s the 21st century for god-sakes,” he instructed reporters throughout his every day press briefing on Monday from City Hall.

“We’ll see if there’s something that can be done here and we’ll have an update soon,” de Blasio mentioned.

There’s simply over a month left of de Blasio’s last time period in workplace and little or no curiosity in boosting what many Council members see as a transfer by the mayor to draw donors for his political future.

“There’s no appetite for it,” mentioned one other Council supply.

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City since he took workplace.
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“It feels like it’s a very heavy lift,” mentioned a 3rd who famous that solely about 10 members assist a ban, one other 10 are opposed, and the vast majority of the 51-member physique is within the center.

A Council spokeswoman mentioned members have “not received a proposal from the Mayor. We will review anything we do receive.”

While the ban has little likelihood of even getting a listening to, critics charged the mayor’s efforts are a barely-veiled attempt to jumpstart his potential gubernatorial marketing campaign or settle authorized money owed associated to his pay-to-play corruption scandal.

“This is a pathetic, shameful, and all-too familiar transactional maneuver by Mayor de Blasio to get even more campaign money from his campaign backers,” mentioned Tony Utano, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100 that represents horse carriage drivers.

“He doesn’t care about horses. He doesn’t care about the blue collar carriage drivers and stable workers. This has always been about campaign money and everyone knows it,” Utano mentioned.

The bid to finish the horse-drawn carriage trade in NYC has failed due to the potential lack of jobs.
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New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets or NYCLASS, an anti-horse carriage group, spent $1 million attacking Christine Quinn, de Blasio’s opponent within the 2013 mayoral race, who supported conserving them.

Edita Birnkrant, govt director of NYCLASS, disavowed any connection to political motives behind the mayor’s bid.

“Nothing but desperate lies from the same special interests who profit off the abuse of horses and put New Yorkers’ lives in danger,” Birnkrant instructed The Post.

“Shouldn’t a union be fighting to create good jobs with real benefits for workers, instead of protecting wealthy carriage horse owners?”

A rep for the group mentioned nobody at NYCLASS has given any cash to repay de Blasio’s authorized money owed or given contributions to his new political committee related to a possible gubernatorial marketing campaign.

A City Hall spokeswoman mentioned, “The Mayor has been clear since day one — this is about the horrible, inhumane conditions of horses, and an archaic system that should be altered. We are working with stakeholders to see if we can find a solution.”

Mayor-elect Eric Adams doesn’t assist the carriage ban however has mentioned he’s open to discussing the difficulty. He was endorsed by the drivers’ union earlier than the Democratic major.

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