Judge says NY Dems can’t stop Trump from running Bronx golf course

Former President Donald Trump just scored a legal victory, much to the dismay of New York Democrats.

The New York Post reports that a New York judge just ruled that New York City does not have the right to cancel a contract that allows the Trump Organization to run the Ferry Point golf course. 

Background

Following the Capitol protest that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021, then-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) tried to essentially kick the Trump Organization out of the city.

The Trump Organization has had a longtime contract that allowed it to operate, among other things, the Trump Ferry Point Golf Course, located in the Bronx. De Blasio sought to cancel this contract, arguing that it can no longer attract tournaments “because the Trump brand is now synonymous with an insurrection against the federal government.”

The former president challenged the move in court. In the meantime, de Blasio’s Parks Department reassigned Ferry Point to Bobby Jones Links, an out-of-state operator.

Trump appealed the move. He requested a restraining order allowing his organization to continue running the golf course, which the court granted.

The latest

On Friday, New York Supreme Court Justice Debra James ruled that de Blasio and the city were in the wrong.

James, in her opinion, wrote that the contract did not require that the golf course hold a tournament, but only that the city would get some of the proceeds from the course.

What this means is that the Trump Organization gets to continue running the golf course, unless the city is willing to pay the Trump Organization to leave.

It is unclear how much the city would have to pay. The contract does contain a termination provision that puts the dollar amount up at $30 million.

We’ll stay

Following the decision, Trump’s son Eric Trump put out a statement calling James’s decision “well-reasoned” and saying that the Trump Organization intends on continuing to run the golf course.

Eric Trump also ripped de Blasio, saying, “he wasted tremendous amounts of time and city resources on his own vendetta. He is a disgrace to New York and everyone is glad he is gone.”

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