Bill to ban NYC carriages in state committee - NEED YOUR HELP/UPDATE/Post#218
The following was posted by Elizabeth Forel, one of the main anti-carriage agitators here in NYC. (FYI: Forel is operating at a state level, not city, and has no connection to Steve Nislick and NYCLASS, who are trying to get us banned through local legislation and then replace us with electric cars)
The legislation that she has crafted with State Senator Tony Avella is now in the Cities Committee, and we need HORSEMEN to weigh in and let the legislators know that they SUPPORT the NYC carriage industry, and are AGAINST this bill, which not only shuts down a thriving, iconic business, but effectively SEIZES our horses, setting a dangerous precedent for horse owners everywhere.
I am imploring every COTHer who believes in us and our fight to take time out of his/her day and use the info below to contact the people who hold our fate in their hands.
I have posted about the carriage issue ad nauseum in this forum, so I will not hold forth again here on details and history; for those of you who are unfamiliar and are interested in background, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
COTHers, PLEASE REMEMBER: If you decide to support us with emails and phone calls, you are AGAINST S-667 in the Senate and A-997 in the Assembly, which would ban NYC carriages.
PS - The New York State Horse Council is a firm supporter of the NYC carriage industry, and will be going to bat for us, too
Dear friends of NYC carriage horses and supporters of the bill to ban this inhumane and unsafe trade:
A while ago, you signed our petition on Change.org in support of the New York State bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City. Your support has brought the petition numbers to more than 126,000 signatures – an amazing feat. We so appreciate it.
The bill has a new number - S-667 in the Senate and A-997 in the Assembly and is currently in the Cities Committee in each house.
Once more we call upon you for your help.
1. Please take a few minutes to help the horses and move this bill along. We have tried to make it as easy as possible for you and have decided that making phone calls is very effective. If you wish to send e-mails, the list is below.
The telephone list is divided into Senate and Assembly – please make as many phone calls as you can. This is what you should say:
- start out by providing your name, city, state and phone number. Let them know if you are a constituent -- or if you live out of state, which is OK. Then say this:
“I am calling to ask you to support S-667- (or A997 depending on whether you are talking to the Senate or Assembly) , the bill that would prohibit horse-drawn carriages in New York City. I would like to know if you would add your name as a co-sponsor of this bill. I will call back in a few days if I do not hear from you."
If they ask for any information and they generally do not - and if you are unable to provide it – tell them you will get back to them and then contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITIES COMMITTEE – SENATE:
Andrew Lanza – chairman (NYC) – (518) 455-3215
John A. DeFrancisco – (Syracuse) (315) 428-7632
Mark Grisanti – (Buffalo) (716) 854-8705
Joseph E. Robach – (Rochester) (585) 225-3650
CITIES COMMITTEE – ASSEMBLY
Carl Heastie - chairman – (NYC) (718) 654-6539
Edward Braunstein (NYC) (718) 357-3588
John Ceretto (Niagara Falls) (716) 282-6062
Jane Corwin (Clarence) (716) 839-4691
Marcos Crespo (NYC) (718) 893-0202
Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. (NYC) (718) 235-5627
Michael Kearns (Buffalo) (716) 826-0152
Micah Kellner – (NYC) (212) 860-4906
Shelley Mayer (Yonkers) (914) 779-8805
James Tedisco (Schenectady) (518) 370-2812
David Weprin (NYC) (718) 454-3027
2. E-mail addresses are deemed to be not as effective because they can be easily deleted. However, if you do not have the time to make phone calls and want to take the chance and write an e-mail - these are the groupings:
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com; MayerS@assembly.state.ny.us; HeastieC@assembly.state.ny.us; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com