I applaud Assemblyman David Weprin for proposing legislation that would protect the rights of both owners and drivers of horse-drawn carriages operating in Manhattan adjacent to Central Park.
The problem is that Speaker Sheldon Silver will not allow this legislation to come out of committee for a full vote by all 150 members of the Assembly. Worse, it was recently revealed that he directed the deletion of Republican Assembly members as cosponsors on proposed popular bills which will be passed.
Despite a 110-40 advantage for Democrats in the Assembly, Silver doesn't want to give GOP legislators any credit when running for another term in 2014. Silver continues to rule the Assembly with an iron fist.
Silver also controls the Democratic State Assembly campaign committee, which provides funding to the handful of members who, despite gerrymandered districts, have competitive races against Republican opponents.