Two ice skating rinks owned by the Trump Organization that were set to close after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the termination of all contracts with former President Donald Trump’s organization will remain open after the city received several complaints about the closures.
“New York City kids deserve all the time on the ice they can get this year,” de Blasio spokesman Bill Neidhardt said in a statement. “The Wollman and Lasker rinks will stay open under current management for the few weeks left in this season. But make no mistake, we will not be doing business with the Trump Organization going forward. Inciting an insurrection will never be forgotten or forgiven.”
The Trump Organization had announced that Sunday would be the last day the two rinks would be operational, citing a need to close the rinks and gather all of its property before a forced closure was imposed by the city.
“Despite our appeals to the City to allow us to continue operations through the duration of the skating season — which would not only save the jobs of nearly 250 individuals who work or otherwise provide services Wollman and Lasker Rinks, but also allow us to continue to provide the numerous public skating sessions and skating and hockey programs that we host on a daily basis — the City rejected our efforts,” the Trump Organization said in a statement.
The former president’s son Eric Trump slammed the city’s decision not to grant an exemption for the rinks.
“The city is saying, in effect, ‘We don’t care if it destroys the skating season. We want you out now,’” Trump, who is the executive vice pr… (Read more)