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Mayor Appoints Native NYer to Lead City's Media Office

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Mayor Bill de Blasio paid a visit to Steiner Studios in Brooklyn on Friday where he named Cynthia Lopez as his new Media and Entertainment Commissioner.

Lopez says she wants to make the office and its policies more accessible to New Yorkers, while continuing the Bloomberg administration's tax credits for local productions.

"The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment is working very hard to think about creative ways in which we can be very transparent so people know exactly when a production is coming in. A lot of times, when we look at Brooklyn per se, there's so many independent filmmakers that would want an opportunity to work on these productions, so there is some orchestrating that I have to say I look forward to working on," Lopez said.

Lopez also says she wants to make sure Stephen Colbert keeps "The Late Show" in New York, despite rumors that it may be moving to Los Angeles.

Lopez, a Sunset Park native, was previously an executive for a documentary company as well as a founding member of the Association of Latino Independent Producers.

The mayor also took the opportunity Friday to reiterate his opposition to horse-draw carriage rides in Central Park.

A prototype electric vehicle, modeled after antique cars and billed as a possible replacement to the carriages was unveiled at the Auto Show earlier this week.

The mayor says he wants to follow the leads of other major cities in outlawing the practice.

"Look we can relitigate this a hundred times if we want to, but I think I've said this many times over last year, so let me try one more time: I believe it's inhumane. Horses working on the streets of New York City, the biggest city in the country, there's something wrong with that picture. There have been a number of accidents. It's not right, we should change it. Major cities around the world have made this action, taken this action over the last few years. This is not something that's happening in isolation," De Blasio said.

Despite the mayor's opposition, a recent Qunnipiac poll shows that 64 percent of New Yorkers support continuing the rides in Central Park.

A representative from the Horse and Carriage Association told Newsday that he thinks there should be a trial period in which both the electric cars and horse drawn carriages are allowed to operate in the park.

He says he's confident that visitors would prefer to ride the carriages.

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