Judge rules for Trump, says NYC illegally canceled contract to run Bronx golf course

A justice for the New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of former President Donald Trump and his organization regarding the illegal cancelation by former Mayor Bill de Blasio of their contract to run a golf course in the Bronx, calling the action “contrary to law.”

NY Supreme Court Justice Debra James issued the ruling Friday in favor of Trump Ferry Point LLC against Mitchell J. Silver, commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. The ruling followed a temporary restraining order by James in the fall that permitted the continued operation of the Trump Golf Link at Ferry Point Park after the initial “default” claimed by de Blasio in January 2021.

“As the court at the threshold finds that there is no ambiguity in the Agreement’s terms as to petitioner’s obligation to ‘operat[e] a first class, tournament quality daily fee golf course,’ the court hold that the respondents’ determination that petitioner breached the License Agreement is contrary to law, as there is no requirement in the License Agreement that petitioner act so as to attract professional golf tournaments,” James declared in her ruling.

De Blasio had attempted to argue that the 20-year contract was void because of allegations made against Trump about his involvement in the events of January 6. The official account for the NYC mayor’s office posted one week after the incident at the Capitol that they were making moves on the president’s organization.

Two days later, a Default Notice was served to Trump Ferry Point LLC declaring in part, “[T]he city hereby informs you of the occurrence of defaults by Licensee pursuant to Section 3.3 (a) (ii) of the License, based upon the actions of Donald J. Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., which actions incited last week’s attack on the United Stated [sic] Capitol.”

It further went on to claim, “That attack on our Capitol resulted in five deaths, exposed lawmakers to COVID-19 and threatened the peaceful constitutional transfer of power,” as de Blasio attempted to give control of Trump’s contracts over to Bobby Jones Links.

However, as James made clear, professional golf tournaments are not a requirement for the License Agreement to be maintained.

“The judge didn’t buy their nonsense and this is a well-reasoned and appropriate decision and we look forward to running the best golf course for years to come,” the former president’s son Eric Trump said, according to the New York Post.

“De Blasio did this for his own political theater. He wasted tremendous amounts of time and city resources on his own vendetta,” Trump went on. “He is a disgrace to New York and everyone is glad he is gone.”

The former mayor held to his talking points in a response tweet decrying the reputation of the former president.


“This is not just a win for The Trump Organization — this is a win for the people of the City of New York and for the hundreds of our hard-working employees at Ferry Point,” a Trump spokeswoman told CNN. “We are thrilled that we will continue to operate and manage what has been widely recognized as one of the most magnificent public golf experiences anywhere in the country.”

The case now moves back to the city to determine if they wish to pursue further legal options. Should the License Agreement be terminated “at will” the city would owe $30 million to Trump’s organization according to their attorneys.

“Anyone holding a City concession is held to a high standard. We are disappointed in the Court’s decision, and we are reviewing our legal options,” an NYC law department spokesperson said.


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