Skip to comments.De Blasio’s Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban: Is It Really About Campaign Cash?
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.
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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Bet they could find a scandal a day on the new mayor if they bothered to try.
Follow the money...
With de Blasio in office, I’m going long on popcorn. This is going to be fun to watch.
Recall.. Before he can do any damage.
No, NYC deserves the damage. I don’t know why the stock exchange has to be there why not Charlotte or Atlanta?
Is this common knowledge in NYC?
Comrade DeBlasio behaving in a manner common to Communist Dictators throughout history. Too bad citizens under 60 years of age were never taught history.
Graft Right Out of the Gate!
(To use a horsy analogy)
Some citizens are more equal than others.
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.
When the NYC is in need of the bailout, I fear that the headline will not be
THE ONE TO DE BLASIO: DROP DEAD
Nothing to do with “cash”, instead it has to do with horse excrement, the good Mayor doesn’t want the competition.
NYC: Not fit for a horse to live in.
A corrupt lefty? I am SHOCKED!
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!
New Yawk City’s own Little Hitler.
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.
Ramirez nailed it this weekend -
I (hammer and sickle) NY
You mean it wasn’t about climate change, I don’t believe it.
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.
“The Road Apple Conspiracy.”
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.
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?
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.
But first, get rid or the horses that block traffic and poop in the streets.
And then stop the smelly hipsters on the pedicabs.
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.
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.
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.
This is not about cruelty to horses its about real estate! Here's some background.
Draft horses are our living history, we should never forget that they built this country.