Legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages — which Mayor de Blasio made a cornerstone of his campaign platform in last year’s election — will be introduced in the City Council soon, he says.
“It is a very complicated issue,” de Blasio says in explaining the delay on the bill, which he promised during the campaign to enact on “day one” of his mayoralty.
He says the bill being drafted will “start us rapidly down the road to the changes we have to make.”
De Blasio sidestepped questions whether the bill could include a compromise like moving the horses to a stable inside Central Park — which would eliminate concerns for their safety in city traffic.
“When the legislation is presented, you'll see it,” he says. “I think the notion is to go as far as we can go in terms of the pathway to an ultimate ban.”