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New Yorkers Take Last Ride on Carriage Horses Before DeBlasio Ban

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 30, 2013 @ 2:52 pm In The Point | 103 Comments

It’s a tradition for New York City mayors to start banning innocent things that everyone before them found completely inoffensive. For Mayor Bloomberg, it was large sodas. For Red Bill de Blasio, it’s carriage horses.

Bill de Blasio, like any good Communist, isn’t just pushing the horse ban at random. His elevation was made possible by NYCLASS; a bunch of rich people posing as animal rights activists who don’t think that ordinary tourists should be able to ride horses in their backyard.

The man behind the Anti-Horse Jihad is Steve Nislick, a real-estate tycoon with an eye on their stables, and a hand in Bill de Blasio’s greasy pocket.

In the slimy world of New York politics, Nislick found useful idiot environmentalists to pursue his land agenda, and when Speaker Quinn proved to have more ethics than to go along with his horse ban, he turned to a slimier fellow; Bill de Blasio.

Bill de Blasio had made common cause with Communist terrorists. Steve Nislick’s Anti-Horse Jihad was an easy one to get on board with.

According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, “Edison Properties, LLC operates as a real estate manager and developer. It owns and operates parking facilities in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland; mini storage stores in New York; and workspace and office buildings. The company was founded in 1956 and is based in Newark, New Jersey.”

Nislick’s business owns more than 40 parking facilities around New York, New Jersey, and Baltimore, according to the Edison Properties website which also promotes storage facilities and office space.

Malone charges that Sayers, the half million a year ASPCA CEO has a conflict of interest linking his name and that of ASPCA because the carriage organization claims Nislick and his company covet the valuable stable properties where NYC carriage horses are housed.

It is no stretch to see how a stable housing 1,500 pound draft horses could easily be converted to a parking garage or storage facility. Four such stables serve Manhattan. A fifth closed its doors last year.

“We’re dealing with a powerful real estate mogul and the ASPCA,” Malone charges.

Malone, a driver and owner/operator carries on in the tradition of his father who founded the carriage firm in 1964. By 1987, Stephen was driving with his dad. Their horses, primarily Percheron/ Belgian/ Standardbred mixes are six of 215 carriage horses registered in New York City to operators of 68 licensed carriages.

With Steve Nislick playing Cruella deVille and Bill de Blasio playing whoever gave her a license to turn dogs into fur coats, the end of the Central Park carriage horse may be here.

And saddened New Yorkers and tourists to the city are lining up to take their last ride with the first victims of Bill de Blasio’s rule.

Tourists are heading to Central Park to take a ride in the park’s famous horse-drawn carriages – before it’s too late.

“I want to enjoy them before they go away forever,” said Andrea Varela, 32, of Mexico, who said she always looks forward to a carriage ride when she visits the city.

“You see them in movies and TV shows. You want to come here and experience it. They are such a part of New York, of the park,” said Brenda Shannon, 50, of Belfast. “People love them.”

“Many people like us come here to ride them. It may hurt the tourist economy if they do away with them,” added her husband Ciaran.

Driver Thomas Hennessy said business had picked up as customers came for what could be some of the last carriage rides in the city — but he feared his livelihood would disappear under the new mayor.

“This is my career. I won’t go out without a fight. Yesterday we were so busy. People came to enjoy their last rides. They were telling us ‘We can’t believe what the mayor is doing,’” he said, adding his horse Billy Bob is well cared for and healthy. “I don’t know what else I would do if I can’t work doing this anymore.”

Bill de Blasio is claiming that he’s doing it for the horses. Like everything else that comes out of the former William Wilhelm Jr’s mouth, it’s a lie.

De Blasio and other opponents of the horse-drawn carriages say it’s inhumane to make the horses work the dangerous city streets.

The horses don’t work city streets. They mainly work the park. They move around the park on the city street before entering it. And the horses, that Bill de Blasio claims to care about… they’ll be slaughtered.


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