Hold your horses! Judge orders city to wait on carriage rule changes

January 09, 2019 - 11:05 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Hold your horses Mr. Mayor.

A judge has ordered Mayor Bill de Blasio to hold off on enforcing new horse carriage rules.

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New rules set to go into effect on February 15, prohibit carriages from picking up fares outside of Central Park, but Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron says the city will have to wait.

“Furthermore, defendants shall not take any steps to remove the pick-up designations of horse hacking stations on Central Park South or Grand Army Plaza, until and unless further court notice,” he wrote.

Carriage driver Giovanni Paliotta sued de Blasio in October. His lawyer says rules on carriages should come from the city council, not the mayor.

“Those rule changes are putting the cart before the horse,” he said. “Legislation needs to be passed.”

The de Blasio administration says they plan to continue with preparations necessary for the rule change. The parties will be back in court on February 8.