Horseless Carriage Champ Bully-Whips Female Photographer

SteveNislickNYCLASSNYDNAs with most every debate of an animal welfare-related issue, pro and con tempers are running high. But there’s still no excuse for this:

Steve Nislick, the 70-year-old founder of NYCLASS, told his handler he was on the verge of getting violent with the photographer [Thursday] as he unveiled the prototype of his electric car at the Javits Center. “Let’s get away from the Daily News before I hit her in the face,” muttered Nislick, the anti-carriage industry crony of Mayor de Blasio.

“Steady, steady,” the man with him said, taking Nislick’s elbow and guiding him out of hitting range.

In the embedded NYDN video, at the 27-second mark, Nislick can be heard being NYCLASS-less. At press time, a Daily News petition to save Central Park’s horse-drawn carriage rides had more than 8,000 signatures.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.