De Blasio Says Carriage Horses and Police Horses Are Totally Different

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Mounted New York Police Department officers stand watch over Times Square on September 10, 2011 in New York City.  Law enforcement remains on high alert in New York and Washington D.C. after U.S. officials received a credible but unconfirmed terror threat to utilize car bombs on bridges or tunnels in New York or Washington.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2011 Getty Images

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that while he intends to ban horse-drawn carriages from Central Park, he has no problem with horses in the NYPD’s mounted unit roaming all over the city. "It’s apples and oranges ... I have immense respect for what (the NYPD does) to keep us safe, and the police horses have been a part of that," the mayor told a Daily News reporter. "(The mounted unit) is something that’s about the public’s vital interests. So I think it’s a very different reality than something that’s about tourism." Humiliating tourists is one thing, but he's not going to force the NYPD to ride around in old-timey electric cars.