Council leaders ask Mayor Adams to revoke Trump’s golf license

They really want a mulligan in the Bronx. Two city council leaders are asking Mayor Adams to end a deal that allows former President Trump’s family business to run a golf course in the Bronx that will soon host a controversial golf tournament in Saudi Arabia.

In a letter to Mayor Adams and the city’s Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue, Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and Councilman Shekar Krishnan cite a “consistent and documented pattern of criminal behavior” as the overarching justification for removing the city ​​license agreement with Trump Ferry Point LLC and the Trump. Organization.

They specifically point to a recent guilty plea by Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime accountant, as additional reason for the city to pull the licensing deal that allows the company to operate the Ferry Point golf course. Park.

“Allen Weisselberg’s recent guilty plea to fifteen felony counts makes it untenable for the City to continue doing business with this operator,” they wrote in the letter dated Sept. 7. “We must act quickly to protect taxpayers and the public interest.”

The letter, which was first reported by The New York Times, also highlights the fact that the Aramco Team Series golf tournament is scheduled just one month after the 9/11 anniversary.

The Adams administration almost immediately pushed back.

“What President Adams and Councilman Krishnan are advocating would require the city to pay up to $30 million to the Trump Organization, an outcome no one should want – despite our shared desire to see the Trump Organization removed. of the golf course,” Adams said. said spokesman Fabien Levy. “If the Council members had contacted us or read our previous statements, they would have known.

“There is no provision in the legacy contract or existing law that would allow us to cancel this contract without paying this fee,” he continued.

Last month, Weisselberg pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion, robbery and falsifying business records. Under his agreement with prosecutors, he is also required to testify at the Trump Organization trial.

The tournament, which is sponsored by the Saudi government, has drawn criticism from families whose loved ones perished on 9/11. They pointed to Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks as well as the US intelligence community’s discovery that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

“Public park land should not be in the hands of Donald Trump or his criminal enterprise,” Krishnan told the Daily News. “We have provided a roadmap for the commissioner to terminate this license immediately.”

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond.

Milton S. Rodgers