Photo: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
The contracts can be vacated if a company’s leadership engages in criminal activity, such as inciting a riot, the mayor says
New York City will end all business with the Trump Organisation after President Donald Trump encouraged mobs to storm the Capitol in Washington, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said.
“The contracts make very clear: if the leadership of a company is engaged in illegal activity, we have the right to sever the contract, the mayor said on Wednesday in an appearance on MSNBC. “Inciting an insurrection against the US government clearly constitutes criminal activity.”
The city expects a legal challenge, but “we’re on strong legal ground”, de Blasio said. “They have profited from these contracts. They will profit no longer.”
E-mails sent to the Trump Organisation seeking a response were not immediately answered.
New York will join a cavalcade of businesses that are refusing to work with the besieged president after he encouraged a mob of supporters to storm the Capitol last week. He has been abandoned by Deutsche Bank, the PGA of America and the Cushman & Wakefield real estate services firm, and a swathe of corporations are promising to end contributions to Trump’s supporters in Congress.
The Trump Organisation has more than $17m in contracts with New York City. Many are for iconic tourist attractions, including a golf course, a carousel and two ice rinks. One, the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, generated $9.4m in income for the Trump Organisation, according to its most recent financial disclosures.
The administration will be notifying the Trump Organisation that the city will cancel its agreements to operate the Central Park Carousel, Wollman and Lasker skating rinks, and Ferry Point Golf Course in accordance.
The contracts for the carousel and the ice rinks will end in coming weeks. The process for terminating the Ferry Point Golf Course is more detailed and is expected to take months, De Blasio said in a statement.
The contract with the city to operate the golf course stipulates that it must be eligible for major tournaments, and the PGA’s decision on Sunday to pull out of a 2022 scheduled PGA championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, would appear to abrogate that term, de Blasio said.
De Blasio said the city will choose new vendors to operate the concessions in the park. “They’ll probably challenge us in court … We will get new vendors to come in and take over quickly.”