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Mayor De Blasio Says He Still Plans to Get Rid of the Central Park Carriage Horses at Some Point

A man waits in a horse drawn carriage outside of Central Park on April 15, 2010 in New York, New York. A new law that passed the New York City Council will require carriage horses to have bigger stalls, five weeks of yearly rest time, and blankets to keep them warm in cold temperatures. The law, which is expected to be signed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will also raise the price of a carriage ride to $50 for the first 20 minutes instead of the current $34 for the first half-hour
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Though Mayor de Blasio once promised to ban Central Park’s carriage horses during his first week in office, it seems that the issue is a little more complicated than it looked from the campaign trail. During a Friday Google Hangout marking his first 100 days as mayor, de Blasio said that he “[expected] action” on the living, breathing tourist attractions by the end of the year.

When asked about the delay by the New York Daily News, he said, “I think everyone came in and looked at all the other things we had to do and we had to prioritize,” before explaining that the City Council has to sign off on putting the horses out to pasture, and some members are opposed to doing so (as are the majority of New Yorkers and the union representing the 300 drivers and stable workers who will lose their jobs along with the animals.) Somewhere in the city, Liam Neeson is chuckling at his de Blasio-shaped punching bag.

De Blasio Still Plans to Ban Carriage Horses