Carriage horse drivers: Debate over Central Park horse rides gets physical

4290f0136f1f00e386f0d9023a2cf696

The fight over New York’s controversial carriage horse rides  has long been bitter and heated on both sides.

But it is now getting physical, carriage horse drivers say.

Horse and Carriage Association President Stephen Malone, and Teamsters Local 553, which represents carriage drivers, said two drivers were attacked within 10 days this month.

During the first incident, prosecutors say that on Aug. 18, at around 3:20 p.m. at Central Park West and Sixth Avenue, Roxanne Delgado, 42, kicked the leg of driver Jesus Rojas.

She caused “an abrasion and redness” and “substantial pain,” according to court documents.

“She just snapped and kicked him,” Malone said.

Delgado’s attorney did not return a call for comment.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office confirmed Delgado has been charged with harassment and assault.

Malone described a separate incident where he said a man followed a driver Saturday night and punched him after a heated argument while the driver was helping customers get out of the carriage.
He said the driver punched back. 

A police spokesman confirmed the 9:10 p.m. alleged assault, saying the victim was punched several times in the head and body and was taken to the hospital.

Emin Karsavuran, 35, was charged with misdemeanor assault, police said.

Malone said both attacks were done by people who are opposed to the carriage horse rides, but other activists could not confirm that.

On Thursday morning, the Department of Consumer Affairs told Metro that Karsavuran is a licensed carriage driver.

Those against the carriage rides disagree

Elizabeth Forel, with the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, said that the drivers have a history of insulting protesters, who she said document animal abuses.

Scott Levenson, a spokesperson for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets, which backs legislation that could replace carriages with electric cars, added, “For them to be pointing fingers at the protesters is absurd.”

He would not confirm whether Delgado had volunteered with the group, but added, “We don’t condone violence on animals or human beings at any time.”

Horse injured in accident heads upstate

Horse and Carriage Association President Stephen Malone spoke today at an event held to say goodbye to Oreo, a carriage horse who was spooked in an accident two weeks ago. He bolted, and the driver fell out of his seat and landed in the street. Oreo hit a car as the carriage fell apart and eventually dumped the passengers.

This morning, Oreo was loaded into a trailer, and as it rolled down 52nd Street past the Clinton Park Stables, onlookers shouted, “Bye, Oreo!”

Oreo headed to Blue Star Equiculture, a draft horse sanctuary in Palmer, Massachusetts, where he’ll join 30 other horse, including other former draft horses.

Malone’s former carriage horse, Paddy — named for being bought on St. Patrick’s Day — also retired there after 12 years on the job.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.