Intro 573-B (text) is awaiting a vote by the Transportation Committee and could come up for a vote by the full City Council on Friday, February 5th.
Despite the concerns raised by the council members on the Transportation Committee and members of the carriage industry about the bill and its potential harm to the industry, to workers and to horses, the latest version of the bill, Intro 573-B, does nothing to address those concerns.
Please write or call the Transportation Committee and urge them to oppose Intro 573-B on the following points:
- There was not an agreement on 573-B, and 573 B ignores the concerns and questions raised in hearings on January 22. 573-B remains a job killer and bad for horse welfare
- Proposed limit on horses and shifts will put stable owners out of business – fixed expenses for current stables will remain, but income will be halved. Businesses can’t survive until new stable is built, if it ever is, and carriage owners will have no place to keep their horses, so the entire industry will go out of business. This is a carriage ban by attrition.
- Limiting carriages to one shift each day on December 1, 2016 is job killer – eliminates 2nd shift drivers
- Limit on # of licensed horses is job killer – not enough horses to fully work carriages, fewer horses to care for means stablemen lose jobs
- Limiting horses to Central Park before stables are built – There is no rational reason to remove horse-drawn carriages from 59th St. The carriage industry has an excellent safety record in traffic, and 68 carriages do not in any meaningful way contribute to midtown congestion. Traffic statistics do not support this provision, which is based solely on a talking point made by the Mayor.
- No carriages to or from stables or 59th St. from 4:30 -7 pm keeps industry from having enough horses at peak demand time and cuts into the 9 hours each shift is allowed to work.
- The council should delay all punitive provisions until Central Park stables are built, if they ever are. The carriage industry is a thriving business that takes care of its horses and provides good jobs. Any changes need to support this iconic industry, not harm it.
Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair
Jimmy Van Bramer