A helicopter with the “TRUMP” logo stands next to the golf course during a ribbon-cutting event for a new club at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point on June 11, 2018 in the Bronx section of New York City.
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On Friday, a judge ruled that the Trump organization can continue to operate a golf course in the Bronx area of New York, overturning a city government court order to terminate a contract with a company owned by former President Donald Trump.
The city canceled the contract with the Trump Organization to operate Trump Ferry Point An 18-hole golf course in February 2021, weeks after a mob of Trump supporters invaded the US Capitol on January 6 and disrupted the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s election victory.
At the same time, the city canceled contracts with the company to operate two skating rinks and a carousel in Central Park.
The city said in a letter to the Trump Organization, whose owner is an avid golfer, that the Capitol Riot made the Trump brand “synonymous with rebellion against the federal government” and thus ruined Ferry Point’s ability to host “professional tournaments.” -quality of events” to the course.
The company then sued the city in June after an appeal of the decision was dropped, saying the city violated a contract that authorized the Trump organization to run the course for 20 years.
The case hinged on the city relying on a section of the contract that required the Trump Organization to maintain the course in a way that it could “attract high-quality professional tournaments,” Friday’s ruling said.
Trump’s lawyers argued that the contract did not obligate the Trump Organization to attract or host tournament-quality events on the field.
Lawyers for the city, in turn, argued that the damage caused by the riots to Trump’s brand undermined the facility’s ability to attract professional tournaments.
In her ruling on Friday, Manhattan Superior Court Judge Debra James wrote that she agrees with the Trump Organization “that there is no ambiguity in the obligation in the Agreement that the applicant is required to ‘act.'[e] a first-class, tournament-quality golf course that pays daily.”
James said that while the City argued that the phrases were ambiguous, “when read in the context of the Agreement as a whole, they do not allow for multiple interpretations.”
A spokesman for the Trump Organization said in a statement: “We would like to thank the court for its well reasoned decision based on the law and facts.
“As we’ve said from the beginning, the City’s efforts to terminate our long-term license agreement to operate Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park was nothing short of political retaliation,” a spokesman said.
“Former Mayor Bill de Blasio used his position to arm the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York City Law Department to advance his own party agenda, score political points and interfere with free enterprise,” the spokesman said. said. “This is not just a victory for The Trump Organization – this is a victory for the people of New York City and our hundreds of hardworking employees at Ferry Point.”
“We are thrilled to continue operating and managing what has been widely recognized as one of the most excellent community golf events anywhere in the country.”
A spokesman for the legal department said: “Anyone who owns a city concession must meet high standards. We are disappointed with the court’s decision and are reviewing our legal options.