Plan to restrict horse-drawn carriages in New York collapses

A coachman steers his horse-drawn carriage along Central Park in New York on January 19, 2016Legislation that would have restricted the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York City collapsed Thursday after the union representing carriage drivers rejected the widely criticized bill. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had pushed the plan, said he was “disappointed” after the City Council canceled a Friday vote on a bill that would have limited the use of carriages to Central Park, and cut their number by more than half. The City Council, which never rallied behind the mayor’s drive to ban horse-drawn carriages, last month backed an agreement in principle to halve the number of horses from 220 to 95 and house them in disused Central Park stables that would have cost taxpayers an estimated $20 million to renovate.

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