NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York City is ending its contracts with the Trump Organization in the wake of the Capitol siege, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
“The City of New York is severing all contracts with the Trump Organization,” de Blasio said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Our legal team has done an assessment, and the contracts make very clear if a company and the leadership of that company is engaged in criminal activity, we have the right to severe the contract,” de Blasio said.
“Inciting an insurrection—let’s be clear, I’m going to say these words again—inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” the mayor added.
The Trump Organization is under contract with the city to operate two ice rinks and a carousel in Central Park. It also operates the city-owned Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx.
Termination of the contract to run Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink in Central Park will take effect 30 days after written notice is delivered, de Blasio said. Termination of the contract to run the carousel, which is now closed, will take effect 25 days after written notice.
De Blasio said the Trump Organization profits about $17 million a year from those sites. The city will seek new vendors for all the attractions, the mayor said.
In a statement, a Trump Organization spokesperson said the city "has no legal right to end our contracts."
"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. This is nothing more than political discrimination, an attempt to infringe on the First Amendment and we plan to fight vigorously," the spokesperson said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.