- NYC revoked the license for the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point after the Capitol riot.
- The Trump Organization sued the city in June, arguing that it had not breached its contract with the city.
- A judge ruled in favor of the company on Friday, ruling they can continue operating the course.
A judge ruled Friday that the Trump Organization can continue to operate a public golf course in the Bronx after New York City wrongfully tried to terminate its contract after last year’s Capitol riot.
The city had a 20-year contract with the Trump Organization to operate the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, but days after the Jan. 6 riot, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the decision to end all city contracts with the to terminate the company.
“Inciting an insurgency against the US government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” de Blasio told MSNBC at the time, adding, “The City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization.”
When the city notified the Trump Organization that they were terminating the contract, the city said Trump’s actions “incited” the attack, according to court documents. The city also argued that the Trump Organization could no longer attract “premium professional championship golf tournaments,” citing the PGA’s cancellation of the 2022 championship at a Trump golf course in New Jersey.
Trump has repeatedly denied responsibility for instigating the Capitol riots. In June 2021, the Trump Organization sued the city of New York, arguing that it had not violated its contract with the city.
Manhattan Superior Court Justice Debra James ruled in favor of the company, dismissing the city’s argument and saying the Trump Organization has no obligation to host major tournaments like the PGA on the field. She said the city’s claim “has no legal basis.”
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
In a statement to The New York Times, Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, said, “As we have said from the beginning, the city’s efforts to end our long-term license agreement to operate Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park were nothing more as a political revenge.”
“This is not just a win for the Trump Organization; this is a win for justice, for the people of the City of New York and for the hundreds of our hardworking employees at Ferry Point,” she added.