A state Supreme Court judge in New York has ruled in favor of Donald Trump, saying that New York City did not have the right to cancel the former president’s contract to run the Ferry Point Golf Course.
Following the January 6 Capitol riot, then-Mayor Bill de Blasio nixed the deal, claiming that Trump wouldn’t be able to attract golf tournaments to the property.
In a decision filed on April 8, Justice Debra James stated that nothing in the contract actually required a tournament, only that New York City would share in any proceeds. This means that either the Trump Organization should be allowed to continue to run the Ferry Point Golf Course, or the city would be required to pay him to leave.
Eric Trump spoke out about the decision, saying that the Trump family plans to stay.
“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,” Eric Trump said.
After the Capitol riot, De Blasio attempted to freeze Trump out of all city contracts, including instructing his Parks Department to reassign the Ferry Point Golf Course to an out-of-state operator: Bobby Jones Links.
Trump filed an Article 78 appeal in response to the move, which led to the judge filing a temporary restraining order last fall that allowed the Trump organization to continue its operations.
It is unclear how much it will cost New York City to cancel its contract with Bobby Jones Links.
“De Blasio did this for his own political theater,” Eric Trump said. “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.”
Eric Trump went on to say that he was on his way to the Bronx to congratulate the staff at Ferry Point — 150 people who would have been out of work all winter if the restaurant had been shut down for the season as Bobby Jones Links would have done. The Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is currently open but was closed for the winter to let the grass “rest,” and to maintain the course in the manner approved by the golf legend.