New York City Will End Contracts With Trump Organization over Capitol Insurrection

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    Jan 14, 2021 1:26 AM GMT
    New York City Will End Contracts With Trump Over Capitol Riot
    The mayor said the city would cancel contracts with the Trump Organization for two ice rinks, the Central Park Carousel
    and the Trump Golf Links in the Bronx.

    For the last several years, the tumultuous arc of President Trump’s relationship with New York City has been on a steep decline.

    His name was stripped from private properties. Part of his re-election campaign focused on characterizing New York as an “anarchist jurisdiction.” He even changed his legal residency to Florida.

    Then on Wednesday, the city announced it would terminate its contracts with the Trump Organization after the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

    The decision by Mayor Bill de Blasio was another blow to Mr. Trump’s prestige in New York, and hammered home the depths to which the president — once viewed as a mischievous real estate celebrity — has become a political and social pariah in his hometown.
    Mr. de Blasio said he was severing ties with the Trump Organization because Mr. Trump had incited violence at the Capitol.

    “Inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” Mr. de Blasio said in an interview on MSNBC on Wednesday. “The City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization.”

    The city is moving to cancel contracts at two ice-skating rinks at Central Park, the Central Park Carousel and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, a city-owned golf course in the Bronx. The Trump Organization has had profits of about $17 million a year from the contracts, Mr. de Blasio said.

    While the city has considered canceling the contracts before, Mr. de Blasio said the violence in Washington qualified as criminal activity under which New York City had the right to sever ties with a company. The loss of the golf course would be a huge blow to the Trump Organization, which had agreed to spend $10 million to build a clubhouse.

    Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat with roughly a year left in office, said he expected the Trump Organization to challenge the city’s decision in court.
    “We’re on strong legal ground,” the mayor said.

    A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, Amanda Miller, vowed to fight the decision.

    “The City of New York has no legal right to end our contracts and if they elect to proceed, they will owe the Trump Organization over $30 million,” she said in a statement. “This is nothing more than political discrimination, an attempt to infringe on the First Amendment and we plan to fight vigorously.”

    Many companies and institutions have moved to cut ties with the president and his family after the riot, including the 2022 P.G.A. Championship, which will no longer be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
    Mr. Trump’s name had already been stripped from private properties, including the Trump SoHo hotel, now the Dominick, and some former Trump Place condominiums in Manhattan.
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    Jan 14, 2021 7:33 PM GMT
    Ah great. Cancel the summabitch.
  • creature

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    Jan 14, 2021 11:11 PM GMT
    While this is a good move, 3 out of the 4 contracts are set to expire by this April. And if their reasoning for canceling the contracts is because they're free to do if the business owner commits a crime, they could have done this a lot sooner. But better late than never, I guess.