FBI questions Christine Quinn, probes NY mayor’s flip flop on carriage horse ban

A horse is led down the ramp at the West Side Stables in New York City. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)
A horse is led down the ramp at the West Side Stables in New York City. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

This is New York politics at its worst or best, depending on your view.

In this instancce it is a case of who funded who in the New York City mayoral race and why, and what carriage horses have to do with it.

Mayor de Blasio promised to ban carriage horses in the city if he won. Well, he won, but hasn’t made any significant move in that direction, from what we can see. It wouldn’t be the first time a campaign promise was broken that’s for sure. But that’s about the only thing we can say for sure.

The carriage horse issue in New York City has become a hotbed of intrigue and “he said, she said” involving animal rights groups, anti-animal rights groups, union forces and celebrities. Most notable among the celebrities is Liam Neeson with the able assistance of the New York Daily News who are running a save our carriage horses campaign. Anything to make headlines to generate traffic and revenue, which this carriage horse issue certainly is.

The latest is this:

The FBI questioned ex-Council Speaker Christine Quinn in its probe of alleged carriage horse conniving during last year’s mayoral race, the Daily News has learned.

“Former front-runner Quinn, a loser to Mayor de Blasio in the Democratic primary, was undermined by a well-funded group after she refused to back a ban on the horse-drawn tourist attractions.

“Agents spoke with Quinn and at least four others, focusing on the funding of the anti-Quinn effort and why her chief rival, de Blasio, reversed his position and supported a ban.

“Agents have zeroed in on $225,000 donated to NYCLASS by a union run by de Blasio’s cousin, John Wilhelm, and a key de Blasio fund-raiser, lawyer Jay Eisenhoffer, several sources familiar with the matter told The News.”

Insofar as the flip flop, it appears that de Blasio is searching for a way to get the job done by trying to get the City Council to deal with it. The Mayor doesn’t seem to be exactly on fire about it, but he might have other priorities or perhaps he is just waiting for the issue to die down a bit. Fat chance of that happening any time soon with the News constantly fanning the flames.

By the way, the News also mentioned that “De Blasio, asked Saturday about the investigation, denied that the feds were looking at him.” The News insist in their reports that the feds are looking at de Blasio too.

In the meantime, the carriage horse trade continues, business as usual. And so does the situation of the horses, who seem to be the least considered aspect of it all except when it can be used as a convenient tool.

Read full Daily News report >>

5 thoughts on “FBI questions Christine Quinn, probes NY mayor’s flip flop on carriage horse ban”

  1. Major DeBlasio really hasn’t flip flopped yet. Hope he can stand his ground against a tremendous tide and get it done.


  2. Mayor de Blasio was NOT elected due to his stand to ban NYC carriage horses, His opponent, Christine Quinn was corrupt…in addition to having no care for any animal welfare.
    The move to ban carriage horses has been going on since the 1990’s, escalating in 2006. Mayor de Blasio has been in NYC politics a long time. He knows a volume about the NYC Carriage horses, as well as the other important NYC agendas.
    Hence, the NYC carriage horse issue did not just pop-up with his election. But it is being used as a branding iron against him.


  3. One thing I HATE is flip-flop politics. If you are for or against something, stick to it. If your stance has changed on an issue you felt strongly about, at least have a valid explanation as to why your views have converted. Most importantly, your mindset has to be genuine. If your opinion is formulated from sheer peer pressure and not from how you truly feel, it means NOTHING at all. I hope Mayor de Blasio’s conviction regarding the NYC carriage horse business is truthful and not used as a 1-up for his political goals. If the latter is true, it would make him a disgusting hypocrite who is no better than those who engage in corrupt acts for their own gain.


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