Actor Escorts NYC Councilmembers on Tour of Stables



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Teamsters Thank Liam Neeson For Support Of Horse Carriage Drivers And

Horses

NEW YORK, March 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamster officials

and Teamster horse carriage drivers thanked actor Liam Neeson for

escorting City Councilmembers on a tour of the Clinton Park Horse

Stables Sunday afternoon.

Councilmembers were invited to ask questions about the care and

treatment of the animals and saw firsthand how well the horses live.

Neeson, a horse lover who supports the horse carriage drivers, offered

to show City Councilmembers for themselves how well the horses are

treated.

"Horse-carriages are iconic symbols of New York representing the

beauty and charm of the city as well as the opportunity they provide

for working-class people like me," said Colm McKeever, horse carriage

driver and member of Teamster Local 553.

Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda thanked Neeson for

his support of the men and women who drive horse carriages.

"Horse carriage drivers treat horses humanely and respectfully. Each

horse is given five weeks' rest every year, gets exceptional medical

attention and benefits and is cared for by experienced professionals,"

said Miranda, "By destroying the horse-carriage industry, the city

would be killing good jobs and leaving 400 hard-working taxpayers and

their families out in the cold."

Demos Demopoulos, secretary-treasurer of Local 553, which represents

the horse-carriage drivers, also thanked Neeson.

"Horse-carriage drivers are hard-working taxpayers who rely on this

industry to help support their families and invest in their local

neighborhoods," Demopoulos said.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, founded in 1903,

represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States,

Canada and Puerto Rico.

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