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Proposed Ban on Horse-Drawn Carriages Gains Little Traction

Local 553 carriage driver
Local 553 carriage driver

By Mara Gay and Josh Dawsey

Two years ago, then-mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio promised that if elected, he would rid Central Park of horse-drawn carriages in his first week on the job.

Eighteen months after Mr. de Blasio took office, the horses and their drivers are still threading city streets, ferrying tourists past city sights, and it seems increasingly likely they will remain.

Mr. de Blasio’s push to ban the horse-drawn-carriage industry amid concerns of animal-rights activists and his own view that it isn’t humane appears to face long odds.

“I suspect the strongest reason for delay is a lack of support,” said Ritchie Torres, a Bronx councilman, who doesn’t back the ban. “As far as I know, the bill only has seven sponsors. Even the most controversial pieces of legislation have more than that.”