NYC Ending Trump Organization Contracts Citing 'Criminal Activity'

Tanya Simon
January 13, 2021

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mets owner Steve Cohen announced on Tuesday morning that Citi Field will serve as a vaccination site for COVID-19, a part of the city's push to vaccinate the population.

He said Wednesday that city lawyers determined that if Trump sues over the move, the city would win.

In an interview with MSNBC, Mr de Blasio said: "Inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government clearly constitutes criminal activity".

The New York Times reports de Blasio has considered such cancelations before, but he didn't have the legal footing. "The City of NY will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way or form, and we are immediately taking steps to terminate all Trump Organization contracts".

De Blasio said that the ballpark could vaccinate from 5,000 to 7,000 people a day, starting January 25th. "Inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity".

Mr de Blasio said he expected the Trump organisation to challenge the decision in court but that the city is "on strong legal ground".

Bill de Blasio Will Explore Canceling New York City Contracts with Trump Organization

"One of the reasons that he was given that contract was his ability to attract major golf tournaments", Johnson said at a briefing with the mayor. "We even welcome Yankees fans", said the mayor, "It's going to be a game changer".

The split with Trump's namesake company won't happen immediately, though. The contracts for the carousel and the ice rinks would end in coming weeks.

The Trump organisation has made about $17m from running two ice rinks, a carousel and a golf course in New York City's public parks, according to the most recent financial disclosures reported by The Washington Post.

De Blasio said the city will choose new vendors to operate the concessions in the park.

"He has dishonored New York City by his actions", the mayor added.

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