New York City ending $23m in deals with Trump Organisation

Clay Curtis
January 15, 2021

"The President incited a rebellion against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power", de Blasio said in a statement.

But on Wednesday, Donald Trump officially became something of a persona-non-grata in his native NY, as the city severed three contracts with the Trump Organization for his role in the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol last week. The contracts make very clear that if a company, the leadership of that company is engaged in criminal activity, we have the right to sever the contract.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Wednesday that the city will terminate its business contracts with the Trump Organization following last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol.

"They have profited from these contracts, they will profit no longer", he said. "In light of last week's attack on our Capitol and our democracy, we have concluded that it is in the best interests of New Yorkers for the City to commence the process of cancelling these contracts and terminating its business ties with the Trump Organization".

Emails sent to the Trump Organization seeking a response were not immediately answered.

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The Trump Organization profits around $17 million per year from the four sites, according to de Blasio. One, the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, generated US$9.4 million in income for the Trump Organization, according to its most recent financial disclosures.

"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", de Blasio wrote on Twitter.

The Central Park Conservancy said in a statement that it fully supports the city's decision to "revoke the current rinks and Carousel concession contracts".

The PGA of America voted Sunday to take the PGA Championship away from his New Jersey golf course next year, a move that came after social media platforms disabled Trump's accounts and Shopify took down online stores affiliated with him. The New York Times reports de Blasio has considered such cancelations before, but he didn't have the legal footing. The contracts for the carousel and the ice rinks would end in coming weeks.

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