‘Lethal Weapon’ star Danny Glover visits city carriage horse stables, says de Blasio’s proposed ban is ‘dead wrong’

BY , NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The Mayor may visit the carriage-horse stables one of these days — but in the meantime “Lethal Weapon” star Danny Glover beat him to it.

Glover took a visit to a West Side horse stable Friday, one day after throwing his support behind the embattled carriage horse industry.

The actor, who lives in Harlem, toured three floors of the Clinton Park Stables on W. 52nd St., petting horses and posing for pics with star-struck stablehands.

Glover, who said he supported the industry in large part because it provides good union jobs, said he felt it was important to add his voice to the debate.

“This is the right side of justice. We got to have these jobs,” said Glover. “We got to make sure the drivers are respected and celebrated as an essential part of the city.”

He also saluted the drivers and stablehands for continuing to work under the stress that the possible extinction of their jobs brings.

He praised “the fact that these professionals continue to do their work so proficiently and continue to add another element of joy to this city . . . under this kind of duress.”

Carriage owner Stephen Malone said it has been tough.

“We’ve been in limbo,” said Malone, who is also a spokesman for the industry.

“This is like a mom-and-pop show … You’re saying you can’t do what you’ve been doing. But last time I checked, this is America.”

Glover’s visit comes after de Blasio told the Daily News that he would also take a trip to the stables as promised — but even if they were “gold-plated” he wouldn’t change his mind on pushing for the ban.

“Horses should not be in the middle of Midtown Manhattan and traffic,” the mayor said.

Glover, an outspoken Hollywood liberal, said he agrees with de Blasio on many issues — but not this one.

“I would tell the mayor you’re … dead wrong on this,” said Glover.“Maybe you need to take a carriage ride.”

He took his own advice Friday.

It wasn’t his first Central Park ride, but he said it was probably the best one he’s ever had.

“It felt special, because when I took a ride around the park before, I took it for granted,” Glover said.

At a separate event, de Blasio called Glover a “great actor” but said, “We don’t make our decisions based on celebrities.”

Glover was joined on the stable tour by City Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Manhattan).

The presence of the Hispanic and African-American council members appears to reflect a push by the carriage industry to showcase its diversity.

A spokesman for the Teamsters local that represents the workforce said that the drivers — traditionally Irish — now include a number of African-Americans, while many stablehands are Latino.

Wright said the industry is intrinsic to city tourism. “Notwithstanding the job issues, people come to New York to go and see the Empire State Building, Broadway plays, and take a ride in Central Park,” said Wright.

He said he has fond memories of seeing the horses when he was a schoolboy at the Ethical Culture School on Central Park West.

This article originally appeared in The New York Daily News

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Author: sabrinacaserta

Sabrina Caserta, born and bred in Bronx, New York, is a freelance reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Daily News and Street Sense- a homeless-run street paper located in the District. As a member of Roger Williams University’s class of 2016, Sabrina studied Journalism and Political Science. This fueled her passion for social justice reporting, including issues of homelessness, institutionalized racism, poverty, education and the environment. She also served as the Project Director of the nation-brand initiative, The Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, and as a Resident Assistant for three years. As an avid reader, health enthusiast and travel addict, Sabrina enjoys yoga, cooking and writing in her spare time. She aspires to one day be an investigative journalist and travel the world. Twitter: @sabrinacaserta Email: sabcaserta AT gmail DOT com

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