De Blasio attends anti-horse-carriage fundraiser
The group that sought to take down Christine Quinn's mayoral candidacy honored Bill de Blasio during a private fund-raiser Wednesday.
New Yorkers for Clean Livable & Safe Streets (NYCLASS), which largely funded the $1 million-plus "Anybody But Quinn" effort to knock her out of the Democratic primary, gave de Blasio a bronze horse statue to commemorate his vow to ban horse carriages when he becomes mayor in January.
The award was given in honor of the late Jon Kest, who had served as executive director of New York Communities for Change, a major de Blasio backer.
Upon receiving the award, the mayor-elect reiterated his promise to end the horse-carriage industry, according to a NYCLASS spokeswoman.
The event was closed to reporters.
The spokeswoman said at least 200 people attended and she believes they raised $100,000, but the final tally was not ready.
During the primary De Blasio repeatedly vowed to prohibit horse-drawn carriages immediately upon taking office, capitalizing on the anger of a well-heeled group intent on taking down Quinn, the early front-runner in the race.
NYCLASS was primarily opposed to her candidacy because of her refusal to ban horse-carriages in her role as City Council speaker.
The organization was a major financial backer of a group called NYC Not 4 Sale, which drove the "Anybody But Quinn" effort, including TV ads, campaign literature and protestors trailing her at events.
De Blasio's campaign has said it played no role and knew nothing about its backers' donations. Such coordination would be a violation of campaign-finance law.