NYC moves to terminate Trump Organization contracts after Capitol riot

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 13, 2021

The Trump Organization profits about $17 million a year from those sites, de Blasio said.

According to a press release from Mayor de Blasio's office, the city plans to cancel its existing contracts with the Trump Organization to operate the Central Park Carousel, Wollman and Lasker skating rinks, and Ferry Point Golf Course.

The City holds three contracts with the Trump Organization; one for the Wollman and Laserk skating rinks at Central Park, one for the Central Park Carousel and one for Ferry Point Golf Course in the Bronx.

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering US and European politics for Fox News.

The city can legally terminate a contract if the leadership of a company is engaged in criminal activity, the Democratic mayor said.

Appearing on MSNBC on Wednesday morning, de Blasio said he expected the move will be met with a flurry of lawsuits, but believed the city was on "strong legal ground" following the events that played out in the U.S. Capitol last week. The Trump Organization took over management of the ice rinks in Central Park in 1986.

New York City is severing its contracts with President Donald Trump's eponymous company, a move that could cost the outgoing president millions of dollars in response to his role in inciting the Capitol insurrection.

Following the Capitol riot, the PGA of America and the R&A both announced they would shun two golf courses owned by the president.

While the city has previously considered severing contracts with the Trump Organization, de Blasio said last week's incitement of violence qualified as "criminal activity" and gives the city the right to cut ties.

New York City residents play $185 to play 18 holes on weekend days, whereas non-NYC residents pay more than $200. "They'll probably challenge us in court". "We even welcome Yankees fans", said the mayor, "It's going to be a game changer".

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