The bill that stops short of a total ban of horse-drawn buggies in Central Park and on New York City streets collapsed after the Teamsters union withdraws support. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A plan to rein in New York City's horse-drawn carriages -- a long-time Central Park tourist attraction -- collapsed after the labor union that helped negotiate the deal withdrew its support. The abrupt reversal came just one day before the City Council was set to vote on a bill that would have cut the number of carriage horses from 220 to 95. The change of heart was a political setback for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who pledged during his 2013 campaign to eliminate the carriages that carry tourists around the sprawling park in the heart of Manhattan. Kevin Hall, a tourist from England is relieved. 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KEVIN HALL, VISITOR FROM ENGLAND, SAYING: "I'm visiting from England and it's one of the things I wanted to do, so it would be a real shame if there were less of these in New York City." It's a view shared by some New Yorkers. 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JON, NEW YORK CITY RESIDENT, SAYING: "I think that the horse-drawn carriages are a nice part of the park and I think it's nice to see them and a lot of people enjoy it and it's pretty, so I'm all for it." But Lisa McNamara worries about the horses. 10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LISA MCNAMARA, PASSERBY, SAYING: "I sort of feel sorry for the horses. They look a little sad to me." Sad or not -- it looks like the horses are not going anywhere anytime soon.