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De Blasio’s Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban: Is It Really About Campaign Cash?
American Spectator ^ | 1-6-14 | Robert Stacy McCain

Posted on 01/06/2014 10:56:41 AM PST by digger48

Mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to ban New York City's iconic horse-drawn carriages could backfire, exposing what the newly-elected mayor's critics suggest is a corruption scandal masquerading as an animal-rights crusade. Defenders of the carriage industry point to a real-estate executive who is one of de Blasio's major campaign donors as the driving force behind the effort to abolish the carriages.

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The bad guy in this drama, according to the carriage drivers, is Steve Nislick, chief executive officer of a New Jersey-based real-estate development company, Edison Properties. The company "employs legions of lobbyists to influence city decisions on real estate and zoning in its favor," journalist Michael Gross reported in 2009, pointing out that two of Edison's businesses "have multiple locations in the same Far West Midtown neighborhood as the stables where the Central Park horses are housed." An anti-carriage pamphlet Nislick circulated in 2008 made this interesting observation: “Currently, the stables consist of 64,000 square feet of valuable real estate on lots that could accomodate up to 150,000 square feet of development. These lots could be sold for new development.”

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1 posted on 01/06/2014 10:56:41 AM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

Bet they could find a scandal a day on the new mayor if they bothered to try.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 11:02:30 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: digger48

Follow the money...


3 posted on 01/06/2014 11:03:43 AM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: digger48
: “Currently, the stables consist of 64,000 square feet of valuable real estate on lots that could accomodate up to 150,000 square feet of development. These lots could be sold for new development.” Bingo!!!!!
4 posted on 01/06/2014 11:04:58 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11) Hey, Harry Reid.. 1-800-318-2596!)
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To: digger48

With de Blasio in office, I’m going long on popcorn. This is going to be fun to watch.


5 posted on 01/06/2014 11:06:29 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Obadiah

Recall.. Before he can do any damage.


6 posted on 01/06/2014 11:08:21 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

No, NYC deserves the damage. I don’t know why the stock exchange has to be there…why not Charlotte or Atlanta?


7 posted on 01/06/2014 11:11:11 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: firebrand; rmlew

Is this common knowledge in NYC?


8 posted on 01/06/2014 11:12:19 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: digger48

Comrade DeBlasio behaving in a manner common to Communist Dictators throughout history. Too bad citizens under 60 years of age were never taught history.


9 posted on 01/06/2014 11:12:39 AM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: digger48

Graft Right Out of the Gate!

(To use a horsy analogy)


10 posted on 01/06/2014 11:15:52 AM PST by left that other site
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To: digger48

Some citizens are more equal than others.


11 posted on 01/06/2014 11:15:54 AM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: digger48

First they put the existing Carriage businesses out of business.
Then they ‘repeal’ it.
Then his good friend will start his own horse and carriage business and clean up.

This is the NY two-step all over again.

A successful business get puts out of business by a new one that is given tax credits the existing business does not get. The new company is touted as providing “new jobs”. The old company is put out of business by the new company.


12 posted on 01/06/2014 11:17:31 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Obadiah
This is going to be fun to watch.

When the NYC is in need of the bailout, I fear that the headline will not be

THE ONE TO DE BLASIO: DROP DEAD

13 posted on 01/06/2014 11:17:55 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Mr. K

Nothing to do with “cash”, instead it has to do with horse excrement, the good Mayor doesn’t want the competition.


14 posted on 01/06/2014 11:18:58 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: digger48
I want a t-shirt that says:

NYC: Not fit for a horse to live in.

15 posted on 01/06/2014 11:19:33 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: digger48

A corrupt lefty? I am SHOCKED!


16 posted on 01/06/2014 11:20:38 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Mamzelle; The Mayor

This is why Western New York has to seced from NY state and form its own state.

Hey Mayor- is Carl on here?

You should start a WesternNY statehood movement! I think you could do it!


17 posted on 01/06/2014 11:20:43 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: digger48

New Yawk City’s own Little Hitler.


18 posted on 01/06/2014 11:22:20 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If you like your ObamaCare, you can keep your ObamaCare. I'll pass. PERIOD!)
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To: Mamzelle

I’ve long stated that the deepest, fondest desire in the heart of any leftist is to see those that disagree with them punished at the hand of the State.

I’m thinking I’m starting to see a parallel amongst conservatives... I’m guilty of it as well.

I desire to see liberals punished by experiencing the consequences of their own ideology. I desire that greatly.


19 posted on 01/06/2014 11:22:38 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: tacticalogic

Ramirez nailed it this weekend -

I (hammer and sickle) NY


20 posted on 01/06/2014 11:23:55 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

21 posted on 01/06/2014 11:35:58 AM PST by jrg
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To: jrg

You mean it wasn’t about climate change, I don’t believe it.


22 posted on 01/06/2014 11:40:15 AM PST by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: Black Agnes

I just learned this today from one of our own freepers who works in the horse trade in NYC! Only on FR, kids, only on FR.


23 posted on 01/06/2014 11:42:19 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Progov

“The Road Apple Conspiracy.”


24 posted on 01/06/2014 11:43:25 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: digger48

It’s 2014 and horseless carriages have been the way of the world for 100 years.

Times to get the horse drawn carriages out of the city as all they do is block traffic.


25 posted on 01/06/2014 12:40:34 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever

You are correct(?). We need to dispose of all PUBLIC FUNDED museums, parks and anything that exhorts the life of 20 years ago. Start with the Rock & Roll Museum, the Rosa Parks Memorial, etc. Good grief!!! When will these people start living in the Obamanation?


26 posted on 01/06/2014 12:47:40 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
The bad guy in this drama, according to the carriage drivers, is Steve Nislick, chief executive officer of a New Jersey-based real-estate development company, Edison Properties. The company "employs legions of lobbyists to influence city decisions on real estate and zoning in its favor," journalist Michael Gross reported in 2009, pointing out that two of Edison's businesses "have multiple locations in the same Far West Midtown neighborhood as the stables where the Central Park horses are housed." An anti-carriage pamphlet Nislick circulated in 2008 made this interesting observation: "Currently, the stables consist of 64,000 square feet of valuable real estate on lots that could accomodate up to 150,000 square feet of development. These lots could be sold for new development."
Thanks digger48.
27 posted on 01/06/2014 12:52:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Safetgiver

I agree.

But first, get rid or the horses that block traffic and poop in the streets.

And then stop the smelly hipsters on the pedicabs.


28 posted on 01/06/2014 1:24:09 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Mr. K; Mamzelle

Hey Mayor- is Carl on here? You mean here on FreeRepublic? No. Someone else does all his social media stuff.

There are actually a couple movements to separate the state. I have been asked to join their face book pages. I have but don’t hold out much hope. Creating a 51st state will not work, legislators will never go along with it and neither will the feds.

My proposal is this and I have floated this by a few friends in government and they seem this could be done. DC is it’s own governing entity correct? Do the same type of thing with NYC.... Let this bozo screw things up more and we can use it all against him. Everything he does will effect this state in some way shape of form.


29 posted on 01/06/2014 5:57:13 PM PST by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: Black Agnes

No. I’ve seen something about it, maybe on FR, but not with the guy’s name and all the details. It makes total sense. De Blasio couldn’t love PETA that much; what will they ever be able to do for him? I understood it during the campaign as a campaign promise to distinguish himself from Quinn at one point.


30 posted on 01/06/2014 7:15:39 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Mr. K

You could be right, but I think it is much more likely that the site will end up as another high-rise condo monster. The papers are full of reports in the last few days that there is not enough inventory of high-end housing here to meet the demand.


31 posted on 01/06/2014 7:18:43 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Oliviaforever
Spoken like a true NYCLASS animal rights activist!

This is not about cruelty to horses … it’s about real estate! Here's some background.

Draft horses are our living history, we should never forget that they built this country.

32 posted on 01/07/2014 6:37:29 PM PST by Alice in Wonderland
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To: firebrand

http://thebarnrules.wordpress.com/


33 posted on 01/07/2014 7:16:20 PM PST by Alice in Wonderland
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