NEW YORK CITY- Score one for the Donald. The Western Journal reports that the Trump Organization secured a huge victory in a New York City courtroom last week over the operation of a city-owned golf course in the Bronx.
In January 2021, after the “great insurrection,” the administration of former communist-sympathizing mayor Bill de Blasio terminated an agreement between the city and the Trump Organization to operate the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park in the city.
After the January 6 Capitol siege, the city claimed it would no longer be able to “attract the caliber of golfing” required by the contract between the entities due to Trump’s alleged involvement in the incident.
Of course, the de Blasio administration couldn’t resist going after the former president at that time.
“It was Donald Trump who interfered with basic democracy when he incited a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol,” NYC spokesperson Bill Neidhardt said in 2021, as reported by ABC News. “You do that, and you lose the privilege of doing business with the City of New York. It’s as simple as that.”
That came crashing down last week, at least temporarily when New York State Supreme Court Justice Debra James ruled against the city, basically ruling the city acted beyond its authority in canceling the agreement, the New York Post reported.
— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) April 9, 2022
The latest ruling follows up on a temporary restraining order issued last fall, also by James, which permitted the Trump Organization to continue running the course.
James ruled that Ferry Point was not obligated to host PGA-level golf tournaments, which ran counter to the city’s argument. James said the city’s claim that it did “lacks any legal foundation,” Politico reported.
Former President Trump’s son Eric applauded the judge’s decision.
“The judge didn’t buy their nonsense, and this is a well-reasoned and appropriate decision, and we look forward to running the best golf course for years to come,” he said according to the Post.
“De Blasio did this for his own political theater,” the younger Trump said. “He wasted tremendous amounts of time and city resources on his own vendetta. He is a disgrace to New York and everyone is glad he is gone.”
In response, de Blasio, who aside from being a failed mayor of New York is also a failed presidential candidate, was apoplectic over the ruling.
“Donald Trump will be an ignominious figure in US history, regardless of the outcome of today’s decision on Ferry Point. NYC did the right thing by canceling his contract and the City will win this case in the end. The only ‘political vendetta’ here is the one he incited on Jan 6.”
Donald Trump will be an ignominious figure in US history, regardless of the outcome of today’s decision on Ferry Point. NYC did the right thing by canceling his contract and the City will win this case in the end. The only “political vendetta” here is the one he incited on Jan 6.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) April 8, 2022
The Trump Organization issued the following statement from its spokesperson, Amanda Miller, reported Politico:
“As we have said since the beginning, the city’s efforts to terminate our long-term license agreement to operate Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park were nothing more than a political vendetta.
“Former Mayor Bill de Blasio used his position to weaponize the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York City Law Department all in an effort to advance his own partisan agenda, score political points, and interfere with free enterprise.
“This is not just a win for the Trump Organization; this is a win for justice, for the people of the City of New York and for the hundreds of our hard-working employees at Ferry Point.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the city’s law department said:
“Anyone holding a city concession is held to a high standard. We are disappointed in the court’s decision, and we are reviewing our legal options.”
The Western Journal said the contract to run the Ferry Point runs through 2035. Despite that, the city does have options aside from possibly prevailing in an appeal…buying the Trump Organization out of the contract. According to them, that would set the city back about $30 million.
For more on New York City attempting to shut out the Trump Organization, we invite you to:
NEW YORK CITY, NY – It seems as though the targeting of anything brandishing the name “Trump” is still in effect, as New York City’s City Hall has opted to close down the two ice rinks that were being operated by the Trump Organization.
And according to reports, the shutdowns are slated for later in February – despite the contracts reportedly having been originally set to expire some time in April.
Typical Cancel Culture: We don’t like President Trump so we are doing everything we can against him, for headlines.
0% Chance that this hurts Trump financially
100% Chance that this impacts New Yorkershttps://t.co/oivcy228Vy
— JR Majewski for Congress (@JRMajewski) February 20, 2021
The rinks in question are the Wollman Rink and the smaller Lasker Rink at the park’s northern end, which both are slated to be closed down on February 26th.
This move comes hardly as a surprise, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced back in January that the city had intentions of severing ties with the Trump Organization mere days after the riot at the Capitol.
Mayor de Blasio echoed the slanderous claims that President Trump has someone committed a “unlawful act” when he delivered a speech on January 6th that preceded the riot that transpired at the Capitol Building:
“This president has committed an unlawful act, he has disgraced himself, he will no longer profit from his relationship with New York City.”
“It’s quite clear the president of the United States committed a criminal act. He directed an insurrection against the United States Capitol. Period. That’s criminal, that’s treasonous.”
— New York Post (@nypost) January 13, 2021
To be clear, there’s zero evidence that President Trump incited any sort of criminal actions embarked upon by third parties at the nation’s capital – as 18 U.S. Code § 2102 is relatively clear in that there has to be explicit instructions to engage in a riot in order for someone to bear criminal culpability of incitement.
Nonetheless, this clear delineation hasn’t deterred Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to see the Trump name marred.
A spokesperson for the mayor’s office offered the following comments in regard to the premature closing of the ice rinks:
“Trump has been impeached from operating the ice rink.”
The Trump Organization offered the following comments after being informed of the closure of said ice rinks:
“Despite our appeals to the City to allow us to continue operations through the duration of the skating season — which would not only save the jobs of nearly 250 individuals who work or otherwise provide services Wollman and Lasker Rinks, but also allow us to continue to provide the numerous public skating sessions and skating and hockey programs that we host on a daily basis — the City rejected our efforts.”
Essentially, the laying off of roughly 250 New Yorkers nearly two months earlier than they expected is seemingly collateral damage elected officials in NYC can come to terms with – so long as it can somehow blemish the Trump Organization.
Eric Trump, the organization’s executive vice president, sees the whole effort as “petty” and only serves to harm New Yorkers more than anybody:
“The city is saying in effect, ‘We don’t care if it destroys the skating season; we want you out now.’ This is one of the only things that kids can do…De Blasio is now shutting down skating season while New York dies. It’s horribly sad.”
“The mayor is absolutely petty. This isn’t about us, this is about the people of the city who come here to skate and disabled kids who joined hockey teams and others who joined skating school and take lessons every week.”
Skaters arriving at Central Park’s two ice rinks are in for a cold awakening next week — the rinks, which are both managed by the #Trump Organization, are being shuttered by NY City Hall to punish the former president for the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riothttps://t.co/o1FhBOx62S
— John R Lott Jr. (@JohnRLottJr) February 20, 2021
The Trump Organization is reportedly working to appeal the premature contract terminations – including the city’s efforts to have the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point ousted 18 years before the contract ends.
Eric Trump continued his admonishment of city officials, calling the entire move to erase the Trump name from New York City as nothing more than a “political stunt”:
“This is purely a political stunt that only hurts New Yorkers.”
“Instead of focusing on a dying city which everyone is leaving because of rising crime, high taxes, closed businesses and totally incompetent leadership, the mayor is painting signs in front of Trump Tower and destroying more jobs along with the only outdoor activity available to children during a pandemic.”
“Why? To get back at a person who sits on the other side of the political aisle and now lives in Florida? Let’s cancel kids’ programs six weeks early, that will show Trump.”
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