NYC again rejects calls from council members to end Trump’s golf license

The New York City Parks Department has again rejected calls from city council members to end the Trump Organization’s license to operate a city-owned golf course in the Bronx.

Council members called on Thursday for the “immediate termination” of the Trump Organization’s license to operate the Ferry Point Park golf course, a month before it is scheduled to host a women’s tournament underwritten by the ‘Saudi Arabia.

City officials have previously said they cannot “unreasonably withhold approval” for the course to host the October event.

“The Trump-operated golf course hosting a Saudi government-sponsored golf tournament just weeks after the 21st anniversary of that country’s most devastating event is callous to say the least,” the council chairwoman said Thursday. , Adrienne Adams.

The tournament, part of the Aramco Team women’s series, has strong ties to the Saudi government but is separate from the LIV Golf tour which has poached players from the PGA Tour.

Council member Shekar Krishnan called the tournament “so offensive to 9/11 families.”

Golf carts prepared for opening day sit on the Trump Links golf course in the Bronx borough of New York, March 31, 2015.

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But a representative from the New York City Parks Department said the city would continue to honor its contract with former President Donald Trump’s namesake company.

“As we told President Krishnan and his fellow City Council members, terminating the contract we inherited would force the city to pay up to tens of millions of dollars to the Trump Organization, an outcome that no one doesn’t want to,” a department spokesperson said. in a report. “We agree with the President on the desired outcome to cancel both this tournament and the overall licensing agreement, and hope that in the future he will seek a productive partnership on the matter.”

In April, a New York state judge upheld Trump’s right to continue operating the course after former mayor Bill de Blasio tried to terminate Trump’s operating license following the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The Trump Organization called the effort to terminate the company’s operating license “nothing more than a political vendetta.”

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