City Council pulls reins on plan to limit horse carriages to Central Park

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NEW YORK — The City Council has pulled the reins on a plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to overhaul New York's popular carriage horse rides. But they're all working on a new piece of legislation.

The Teamsters, who represent the carriage drivers, said Thursday that they cannot support a bill currently before the Council. The union said it's not confident the plan provides a viable future for the industry.

Once the Teamsters backed out, the council leadership decided a vote that had been planned for Friday would not happen.

The proposal would have banned carriage horses from operating on Manhattan streets and allowed them in Central Park. It also would have trimmed the carriage fleet. Opponents have included the pedicab industry, whose fleet would have also been curbed in the plan. They spoke up with representatives from Transport Workers Union Local 100.

De Blasio, who has made banning the horse-carriage industry a signature ambition of his administration, and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the city will "work toward a new path on this issue."

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