Judge allows Trump Organization to keep Bronx golf course by ruling against NYC

A judge on Friday dismissed New York City’s appeal, ruling that the Trump Organization can continue to operate a municipal golf course in the Bronx.

New York City authorities terminated the organization’s contract to operate the Ferry Point golf course last February, following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots Federal Government” and have thus destroyed the ability of the golf course to draw “professional events in tournament quality”.

Around the same time, the city had also canceled the company’s contracts to operate two ice rinks and a carousel in Manhattan’s Central Park.

City attorneys argued that the riots on Capitol Hill hurt the Trump brand’s ability to attract professional golfers and tournaments.

But Manhattan Superior Court Justice Debra James noted that the company has no contractual obligation to attract professional tournaments, it just needs to maintain the golf course well.

“There is no ambiguity in the obligation in the agreement that the petitioner ‘must operate[e] a premium tournament quality daily fee golf course,” said the judge. “If read in the context of the agreement as a whole, it cannot be interpreted in multiple ways.”

The city’s allegation that the Trump Organization violated the contract “has no legal basis,” Judge James wrote.

Last June, the company sued the city government after an appeal against the decision was denied, alleging that New York City violated the contract.

Mr Trump’s son, Eric Trump, lashed out at the city’s decision at the time, calling it an example of “abandonment culture” and saying the administration would have to pay the firm millions of dollars to eliminate it.

Following Friday’s court ruling, a spokesman for the Trump Organization thanked the court for its “well reasoned decision based on law and facts.”

“As we have stated from the outset, the City’s efforts to terminate our long-term license agreement to operate Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park was nothing more than a political quest for revenge,” the statement added.

The Trump Organization also accused former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, alleging that he “used his position to arm the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York Department of Justice, all in an effort to protect his… advancing one’s partisan agenda, collecting political points and intervening in the free market economy”.

The statement continued, “We are excited to continue operating and managing what is widely recognized as one of the greatest public golf experiences anywhere.”

When Mr. de Blasio announced he would be terminating the agreement with Trump’s company, he had cited Trump’s “criminal act” in inciting rioters in the Capitol, arguing that he could fire him “for good cause” and not pay him a dime .

“Inciting an insurgency against the US government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” he said, adding, “The City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump organization.”

Meanwhile, New York City expressed its “disappointment” with the court’s decision.

The city’s legal department said the administration was examining other legal options. “Anyone who owns a city concession is subject to a high standard. We are disappointed with the court’s decision,” a spokesman said.

Additional reporting by agencies

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