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De Blasio Reiterates Desire to Get Rid of Horse-Drawn Carriages

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When it comes to banning horse carriages, there seems to be no turning around for the mayor, as Bill de Blasio seems driven to get rid of horses from city streets, replaced by motorized cars, although not necessarily the model one introduced Thursday. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

The mayor introduced a new administration member Friday. The way things are going, Bill de Blasio may want to appoint a horse carriage commissioner, given how much attention is being paid to the hot-button issue.

Seemingly irritated by the questions, de Blasio said his opposition to the carriages is straight from the horses' mouth.

"Look, we can re-litigate this 100 times if everyone wants to, but I think I've said it many times over last year, so let me try one more time," he said. "I believe it's inhumane, horses working on the streets of New York City, the biggest city in the country. Something is wrong with that picture."

It comes as a group that helped de Blasio get elected is pushing this car to replace the carriages.

De Blasio likes the idea, if not the exact replica.

"I'm certain there's one or more good options that we can use, but our job is to create a humane, safe, clean outcome that also creates job opportunities," he said.

The mayor's comments come as a state legislator from Westchester County said he's going to intervene to keep the carriages in Central Park.

Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow is chairman of the Racing and Wagering Committee.

"These horses aren't going all over Manhattan," Pretlow said. "They're really going from the stable to Central Park, then around Central Park, and then back to the stable again, unless they're going to Pennsylvania for their five-week vacation."

The issue is spurring tempers. At Thursday's car unveiling, the founder of the anti-carriage group appeared to threaten a journalist from the Daily News. The paper is on a crusade to keep the horses.

"It wasn't appropriate," de Blasio said. "I know him. He's a good man. I don't know why he did that."

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