New York City is considering canceling the Trump organization’s contracts with the city after last week’s deadly riot on the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.
Mr. de Blasio, who has repeatedly condemned President Trump’s role in the violent siege, said his legal team was weighing the city’s options.
“We are looking at this very, very carefully and very quickly,” said de Blasio, when asked about the contracts at a press conference. “The president incited a rebellion against the government of the United States – clearly an unconstitutional act and people died. It is unforgivable.
This is not the first time the city has reviewed the Trump organization’s contracts with the city, which include the management of two ice rinks in Central Park and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, a city-owned golf course. from the Bronx. Mr de Blasio reconsidered those contracts after Mr Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws in 2018.
Mark Levine, a Democratic city councilor who represents part of Upper Manhattan, has long supported the city’s reduced ties to the Trump organization.
“This has been a no-brainer for years, but it would be more than outrageous if, even now, we allow him to continue to profit from these businesses, which are on public property which is our sacred public green space,” Mr. Levine.
Mr Levine, who chaired the council’s parks committee, said he believed the city had legal grounds to terminate the contracts because they were “at will” agreements that could be terminated with 30 days notice. There is also a business rationale, he argued. Even before the pandemic, concessions run by the Trump organization were not performing well, he said.
“They have been underperforming and the city is getting worse and worse,” he said. “People avoid these places because of Trump’s name.”