Communist NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio began his term in office by promising to ban horse-drawn carriages from the streets of NYC because he couldn’t bear to see the poor little horsies suffer.
As it turns out, one of Comrade de Blasio’s very, very wealthy and deep-pocketed campaign financiers has been pushing a ban on horse-drawn carriages for years… so he can buy the stables where they are kept and develop
worker’s housing for the proletariat upscale residential and retail properties.
The bad guy in this drama, according to the carriage drivers, is Steve Nislick, former chief executive officer of a New Jersey-based real-estate development company, Edison Properties.* The company “employs legions of lobbyists to influence city decisions on real estate and zoning in its favor,” journalist Michael Gross reported in 2009, pointing out that two of Edison’s businesses “have multiple locations in the same Far West Midtown neighborhood as the stables where the Central Park horses are housed.” An anti-carriage pamphlet Nislick circulated in 2008 made this interesting observation: “Currently, the stables consist of 64,000 square feet of valuable real estate on lots that could accomodate up to 150,000 square feet of development. These lots could be sold for new development.”
Left-wing populist demogoguery has always been a great prophylactic against media curiosity about shady financial dealings; just ask Warren Buffett.