"We will remove carriage horses from Central Park," he said.
New York's Teamsters, which supports the horse carriage industry, was on hand at the conference as well. In a handout, representatives argued that "horse-drawn carriage travel is among the safest forms of transit in New York City." They added that when examining all forms of travel in the city, alleged carriage collisions account for less than 0.003 percent of all traffic collisions.
Allie Feldman of NYCLASS countered this by saying, "This is an animal welfare issue ... In a society like New York City, there is no number of carriage horse collisions that is acceptable."
Collisions between horses and cyclists, food trucks, cars and parked vehicles are also detailed in the records.
The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Friends of Animals and PETA were also on hand to release details of the incidents.
Before this release, only 20 horse carriage accidents were known to the public.
In one shocking incident earlier this month, an escaped carriage horse was seen running down a busy city street, trailed by NYPD cars.