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It’s one of the first items on de Blasio’s to-do list, but his efforts to ban the carriages could bring up much larger issues of employment and the importance of tourism.
Activists who want to end the carriage-horse trade contributed more than $1.3 million to help elect Mr. de Blasio and council members who supported a ban with a solution: Replace all the horses with a fleet of antique-style electric cars to serve tourists, not just in Central Park, but all over the city.
Fighting for survival, the Horse and Carriage Association of New York is working with the Cavalry Group, an animal-owners’ rights group. It has put up a website and thrown open stable doors to scrutiny.