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Put these steeds out to pasture: It’s time to replace carriage horses with electric vehicles

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In this overwhelmingly Democratic city, our next mayor, barring any surprises, is likely to be Eric Adams. He will have the opportunity to solve a problem that no mayor before has been able to solve: the horse carriages in Central Park. Back in 2013, it was, in fact, his promise to shut down the business on Day One that helped propel Bill de Blasio into Gracie Mansion.

It never happened because he forgot one thing: This is a union town, and the carriage business was supported by many unions.

Although a known vegan and animal rights supporter, the hallmark of Adams’ primary campaign was his public safety platform, which resonated with New Yorkers. But now it’s time to acknowledge that horse carriages are also a public safety issue. Horses are nervous prey animals who can spook and bolt at the slightest provocation, running into traffic and pedestrians and causing havoc, injury or even death. Horse carriage accidents are all too common in cities that have them, including New York.

For the next mayor, there is a solution for the horse carriages that promotes public safety, protects the horses, the tradition of the carriage ride and provides........

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