Central Park carriage horse plan faces tough questions

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NEW YORK (AP) — Animal welfare activists, pedicab drivers and parks advocates are sounding off about a plan by New York City’s mayor to overhaul Central Park’s popular carriage horse rides.

The City Council held a hearing on Jan. 22 on the plan, which would cut the number of carriages allowed in the park, and give the horses a permanent home in a multimillion-dollar Central Park stable.

There is plenty of opposition. Officials struggled to answer questions about how the overhaul would work.

Park advocates questioned how much the stable would cost and whether it is the best use of park space.

Pedicab drivers were outraged that the plan would ban them from much of the park in order to protect the carriages from competition.

A vote has yet to be scheduled.