Happy New Year: Can I Have the Old One Back?

2014 is just a few hours old, but we’ve already got the apparent winner for the Nanny of the Year, and it’s New York’s brand new mayor Bill de Blasio.  According to the NY Daily News, de Blasio wants to do Bloomberg one better in the authoritarianism department by shutting down all of the city’s remaining horse-drawn carriages:

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio vowed to act quickly to abolish horse-drawn carriages in the city.

“We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period,” de Blasio said in response to a question at his press conference announcing his schools chancellor pick Monday.

“It’s over,” he said.

De Blasio said he would work with existing drivers to set them up with alternative vehicles to ferry tourists around Central Park.

De Blasio and advocacy groups who support him say it’s inhumane to make the horses work the dangerous city streets, but drivers insist their horses are well cared for and there’s no reason to end the industry.

Naturally there are “advocacy groups” behind this.  What would we do without advocacy groups.  It sounds like this is driven by the PETA types, rather than by environmentalists or health nuts worried about the tiny residue of horse manure around Central Park.  Either way, New York City is in for a miserable next four years from de Blasio. Maybe we can bring Rudy back in 2017?