Mayor de Blasio addressing the media on February 4th after his bill, which would have restricted carriage horses to Central Park as well as had tax payers foot the bill to relocate the horse carriage industry into a Parks Department owned building in the park, collapsed.
For the second time in two years the Federal Bureau is investigating financial issues and its influence related to an effort to ban horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. Federal and state investigations are looking into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Campaign fundraising operations and are examining the efforts of NYCLASS, a politically connected group that donated funds to a Mayoral controlled nonprofit Campaign for One New York, in its effort to ban carriage rides.
In 2014 the FBI questioned ex-Council Speaker Christine Quinn and others in its probe into Mayor de Blasio’s flip-flop on the carriage ban.
The Mayor’s horse trade deal quickly fell apart in February after a particularly embarrassing City Council hearing on the issue. (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates)
The Wall Street Journal - April 21, 2016 - By Rebecca Davis O’Brien and Josh Dawsey
A Walk In The Park - February 4, 2016 - By Geoffrey Croft
New York Daily News - April 27, 2014, - By Greg B. Smith, Corinne Lestch, Larry Mcshane