The union representing horse carriage drivers in Central Park is embarking on a campaign to boost the industry's visibility.

"There's an effort to get rid of the horses," Local 553 President Demos Demopolos told Capital. "We're tying to open up everyone's eyes about how safe this industry is."

Union members are planning to attend this week's stated City Council meeting on Thursday.

Demopolos said he has not heard from de Blasio or Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito about when a bill banning the horse-drawn carriages will be introduced, but the union is "anticipating it."

Capital reported last month a bill is currently being drafted.

The union representing the horse carriage drivers released an ad targeting city lawmakers and lobbyists on Monday asking them to "keep Central Park safe," which shows a totaled car in the middle of the park with the tagline "NYC: Don't put the car before the horse."

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