New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would be terminating its contracts with the Trump Organization, but most of them were reportedly set to expire in the coming months anyway.
The mayor announced the plan to sever ties with the president’s organization on Wednesday, citing the siege at the Capitol as the impetus behind the decision. Of the four contracts the city has with the Trump Organization, one is for a golf course in the Bronx, two are for ice skating rinks, and one is for the carousel at Central Park. The three latter contracts are set to expire in April, according to Politico.
“The city of New York is severing all contracts with the Trump Organization,” de Blasio said on MSNBC. “Our legal team has done an assessment, and the contracts make very clear, if a company, the leadership of that company is engaged in criminal activity, we have the right to sever the contract. Inciting an insurrection, let’s be clear, I’ll say these words again, inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity. So the city of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization. They have profited from these contracts. They will profit no longer.”
The carousel agreement was a $2.5 million, 10-year deal, and it’s set to expire on April 9. The ice skating rinks agreement, which the Trump Organization has run since 2001, is set to expire on April 30, Politico reported.
The Central Park Conservancy, which oversees the facilities of the rinks and carousel, supported de Blasio’s move.
“The Central Park Conservancy fully supports the City’s decision to revoke the current rinks and Carousel concession contracts in the Park,” said spokeswoman Mary Caraccioli. “As the stewards of the Park, we believe all Park concessions must first and foremost serve the needs of the Park-going public.”
The agreement over the golf course is not set to expire until 2032.
“Yet another example of Mayor de Blasio’s blatant disregard for the facts. The City of New York has no legal right to end our contracts and if they elect to proceed, they will owe The Trump Organization over $30 million,” Eric Trump said in a statement, according to NBC New York. “This is nothing more than political discrimination, an attempt to infringe on the first amendment and we plan to fight vigorously.”
De Blasio’s decision comes as the president continues to receive condemnation for urging his supporters to pressure lawmakers into not certifying the Electoral College results for President-elect Joe Biden.
The siege of the Capitol left five people dead, and more than 70 have been arrested. Twitter and Facebook banned President Trump from their platforms, citing concerns he would incite violence. The House of Representatives voted to impeach the president, for the second time during his presidency, on Wednesday.