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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that New York City will terminate three contracts with the Trump Organization in the wake of last week’s riot at the Capitol building — the latest fallout for President Trump over the violence in Washington, D.C.
The mayor said that City Hall would notify the Trump Organization that it will be canceling agreements to operate the carousel in Central Park, two skating rinks and a golf course. He said the agreements for the carousel and skating rinks will be ended in less than a month, but that the golf course could take longer.
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“The president incited a rebellion against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power,” said de Blasio.
De Blasio declared in a Twitter post Wednesday morning, “New York City doesn’t do business with insurrectionists. We’re taking steps to TERMINATE agreements with the Trump Organization to operate the Central Park Carousel, Wollman and Lasker skating rinks, and the Ferry Point Golf Course.”
New York City doesn’t do business with insurrectionists.
We’re taking steps to TERMINATE agreements with the Trump Organization to operate the Central Park Carousel, Wollman and Lasker skating rinks, and the Ferry Point Golf Course.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 13, 2021
President Trump himself shelled out his own money to restore the Wollman skating rink in the 1980s.
From a report by Town & Country magazine: Trump has operated the rinks since 1986, under a concession from the city of New York. They are, ironically, one of Trump’s early success stories. In the late ’70s, the city had promised to renovate Wollmon Rink in two years, but the beloved landmark had remained closed instead for six. In stepped Donald Trump, who convinced then-Mayor Ed Koch to let him finish the work in four months as long as he could manage the venue. In this case, promises were kept.
A spokesperson for the Trump Organization responded with the following statement: “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 dollars. This is nothing more than political discrimination, an attempt to infringe on the First Amendment and we plan to fight vigorously.”
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