City Council Cancels Vote
on Carriage Horses
Following the withdrawal of support from the Teamsters union, the New York City Council announced that it will not vote on a revised piece of legislation that would have restricted horse-drawn carriages to Central Park, would have cut the number of carriage horses from 200 to 95, and would have resulted in the loss of some 50 jobs for carriage drivers. It was this last point that prompted Teamsters Joint Council 16 to withdraw this support for the bill they had previously, but reluctantly, endorsed. Many City Council members had conditioned their support for the bill on support from the Teamsters.
The vote had been scheduled for Friday, February 5, 2016. Mayor DiBlasio has stated that he will continue his efforts to eliminate or drastically reduce the carriage horse industry.