- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging New Yorkers to lobby their city councilmembers to ban horse carriages from the city’s streets.

De Blasio, a Democrat, had promised during his 2013 mayoral campaign to ban horse carriages “on day one” of his administration.

But he has yet to act on the promise.

He reiterated during a WNYC radio interview Wednesday that he believes it is not appropriate to have horses on Manhattan’s streets.

But he also acknowledged that he may not have the needed support in the city council to enact a ban.

He told listeners “you already have my vote” but “go get the votes” from the council needed to pass the ban.

Defenders of horse carriages say they are a New York tradition and provide jobs.

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