Trump Organization Sues NYC Over Ending of Golf Contract
(Bloomberg) -- The Trump Organization sued New York City, claiming it wrongfully terminated its contract to operate the Ferry Point golf course in the Bronx.
The city ended $17 million worth of contracts with Former President Donald Trump’s company in February after the January 6 assault on the Capitol in Washington, including deals to operate a carousel and two ice rinks in Central Park.
The Trump Organization said in its complaint that it had fully complied with its obligations to operate the course as a “first class, tournament-quality, daily-fee golf course.” Ferry Point is a links-style, Jack Nicklaus-designed course between the Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges. It opened for business in March 2015.
The company claims Mayor Bill de Blasio had a “preexisting, politically based predisposition to terminate Trump-related contracts” and that the city used the January 6 events as a pretext to end the agreements.
According to the suit, the city said the organization breached a provision of the contract that required it to “operate a course capable of attracting professional tournament-quality events by the PGA or similar organizations.”
The PGA of America’s announcement in January that it wouldn’t hold its annual championship at Trump’s course in Bedminster, New Jersey, led the city to believe that no golf organization would associate with the Bronx course if it was linked to Trump.
The Trump Organization claims the contract had no such obligation and provided testimonials from professional golfers and instructors attesting to the quality of the course.
Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver agreed that the license for the course doesn’t require actual golf tournaments to be held there, but said the Trump brand had been “tarnished” so badly that it could no longer operate a golf course capable of attracting professional, tournament-quality events, according to the suit.
“The actions of Mr. Trump to incite a deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6th caused a breach of the Ferry Point contract by eliminating options for hosting championship events and we will vigorously defend the City’s decision to terminate the contract,” Nicholas Paolucci, a spokesman for the city’s Law Department, said in an email.
“The City properly followed the termination process detailed in the contract and we look forward to selecting a new vendor for Ferry Point that will further the best interests of New Yorkers,” he said.
The case is Trump Ferry Point LLC v Mitchell J. Silver, New York State Supreme Court, New York County.
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