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TOPICS OF THE TIMES;
Horses and Over-Riders

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL
November 19, 1989

Last month, Ed Koch lost his chance to go down in history as the Mayor
who rescued New York's carriage horses from heat exhaustion, chill, long
hours and terrifying traffic. He vetoed a bill that would protect them
from having to work when it is very hot, very cold, very humid or for
more than eight hours at a stretch. The bill also confined horse-drawn
carriages to Central Park for most of the day, and it required better
training for the carriage drivers.

On Tuesday, the City Council can claim humane credit if it overrides Mr.
Koch's veto. Having passed the bill, 31 to 3, the Council presumably
likes it. On the other hand, the Council presumably does not wish to
embarrass the departing Mayor. But Mr. Koch, as he has shown over and
over these last 12 years, can take whatever comes his way. The poor
carriage horses cannot.

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