Asked about the conservancy's opposition, de Blasio said he thought it was a "misunderstanding" of what's being proposed.
"Right now, besides the fact that the horse carriages are not humane — there have been a number of accidents involving carriages — the routes we're talking about would be the same as our existing routes," he said. "You're talking about electric cars for tourists that go slow on purpose because they should go slow and because tourists want to see things. That's very different from other issues about cars in parks, and it is a cleaner, better, more humane approach, that obviously will also provide employment opportunities and will be good for our tourism industry."
City Councilmember Daniel Dromm said legislation was still being crafted, with the specifics of how those who hold licenses for the carriage horses could get the vehicles and how it would be paid for still to be determined. He insisted there were enough votes for legislation to pass.