NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Lower East Side residents have lodged complaints their streets and sidewalks are filthy with horse manure.

Mayor Bloomberg was asked what the city could do to keep it clean downtown, he responded with a chuckle, reported WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

Bloomberg said the police department has to make sure that everybody is safe.

Mayor Bloomberg reacts to horse manure complaints to WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb

“Police officers on horse is a very effective way to control crowds,” said Bloomberg. The horses are used on the Lower East Side during the weekend nights as part of a way to manage the bar-hopping crowd.

But, the mayor acknowledges that a byproduct of using horses is – well, dealing with what happens after they eat.

The Sanitation Department has many things to do, said the mayor, but will take a look at the problem.

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