NYC considers ending contracts with Trump Organization in wake of Capitol riot

Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park
Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park Photo credit Stephen Chernin/Getty Images
By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City is considering ending all business relationships with the Trump Organization following the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Washington Post political reporter David Fahrenthold told WCBS 880's Steve Scott that the city and President Donald Trump have a close relationship despite their politics.

"Trump has had a contract to run city parks concessions since the 80s. He has a carousel in Central Park, two ice rinks in Central Park and in 2015 he added a golf course in the Bronx," he said. "So his relationship with the city of New York is daily and pretty lucrative. It brings in $17 million for the Trump Org."

Fahrenthold said the ice rinks marked the beginning of Trump's celebrity status.

"This was a project that was languishing under Mayor Ed Koch that Trump took over in the 80s and finished the ice rinks ahead of schedule," Fahrenthold said. "He told everybody about it a number of times and it was sort of the beginning of his myth or his reputation as this can-do businessman."

During his daily briefing Tuesday, WCBS 880's Rich Lamb asked Mayor Bill de Blasio how close the city was to possibly canceling the contracts.

"We are looking at that very, very carefully and very quickly. The president incited a rebellion against the United State government, clearly an unconstitutional act and people died. That's unforgivable," de Blasio said. "So our legal team is right now assessing the options and as quickly as we come to a resolution, we're going to have something to say. But yes, there are several contracts with the city of New York and they're all under review right now."

Other organizations have been cutting business ties with the president, including Signature Bank and Deutsche Bank.

The PGA of America also voted to cancel plans to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

In December, a resolution was introduced in the New York City Council that would effectively sever all ties with Trump and his company.