We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
No, it's unpossible. But it could be Bill has himself a minor scandal less than 2 weeks on the job.
Horse-drawn carriage bans wouldn't seem to be the kind of thing a new mayor would care to endorse, unless there's money in it for him. This isn't out of the realm of possibility.
It's still early in Billy-boy's tenure, so if this is just smoke and no fire, there will be plenty more to come. I'm sure he likes money. Most people do. I just prefer it be earned the old-fashioned way, not through political power-brokering. In most cases like this, all you have to do is follow the money.
I called this one during the campaign and I know nothing about NYC's horse drawn carriage industry other than that the horse drawn carriages collect around central park when working and the horses go to stables which sit on very valuable real-estate when they aren't working.
As we used to say in the Army, "Ray Charles could see that!"
Follow the family, more like it. The article that was linked to described a tenuous series of connections that may enrich one of the mayor's campaign donors someday. There is no contract in hand.
However, speaking of influence: DeBlasio has a beautiful, adorable 19-year-old daughter, who I suspect has Daddy wrapped around her little finger. She is away at a small liberal arts college, and it would help her status on campus immensely if her father banned horse drawn carriages in NYC. "Please Daddy, please?"