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City does not need horse carriages

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.

Mickey Kramer

Upper East Side

Manhattan

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