I commend state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his continued common sense support for New York City to join other congested cities, such as London and Paris, in ending the antiquated horse-drawn carriage industry (“Borough carriage drivers fear for jobs,” Jan 31-Feb. 6).
As Avella reminds us, businesses close every day because they are no longer appropriate. Large animals, with a history of spooking, pulling old rickety carriages with no seatbelts in traffic with cars, pedestrians, buses and emergency vehicles is not appropriate or safe.
I am looking forward to Mayor Bill de Blasio keeping his word and, along with the City Council, ending this industry sooner rather than later.
Upper East Side