Rep. Joe Crowley on Proposed Horse Carriage Legislation

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(Queens, NY – February 1, 2016) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on the horse carriage legislation being proposed in the New York City Council:

“New York City is facing some very important issues, but horse carriages are not one of them. That is why I am opposed to the bill currently awaiting consideration by the New York City Council. The horse carriage industry provides good jobs to hard-working New Yorkers. I have met with the operators – many of whom live in my district – and these are men and women who aren’t just in it for a job or a paycheck. They love what they do and they love their horses. While the bill before the City Council is clearly an attempt at a compromise, I don’t believe we should be jeopardizing these jobs or the future of the industry.” 

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.

Featured photo from the 2015 St. Pat’s For All Parade in Queens by Nina Galicheva Photography.

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Christina Hansen is a New York City carriage driver and a spokesperson for the carriage industry. She is a proud member of Teamsters Local 553.

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