Former President Donald Trump got a reprieve from the city’s efforts to evict his company from the Ferry Point golf course.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James granted the Trump Organization a temporary stay from Mayor de Blasio’s effort to break the company’s contract to run the Bronx course by Nov. 14 – a move that could cost the city over $30 million.
After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, de Blasio ended contracts for Trump’s company to operate the Central Park Carousel, the Wollman and Lasker ice rinks in the park, and the Bronx golf course.
The city’s Parks Department quickly picked new operators for the ice rinks and eventually found a new company to run the the carousel. It also awarded a new license for the golf course to a Georgia-based company, Bobby Jones Links.
The Trump Organization sued over the golf contract, maintaining in court papers that the deal was nixed over politics.
Judge James granted a stay soon after oral arguments were held Thursday. It orders the city not to interfere with Trump’s “use and/or possession” of the facilities until the case concludes.
The city argued that continuing the operations with Trump would make it “more difficult” for the new licensee and “create more inconvenience and disruption to the members” for those who want to use the course or the dining facilities, though as a public course, it has no members.
That despite the fact that Trump would keep the facilities open through the winter, while Bobby Jones would shutter the facility until April – and toss 150 people out of work.
The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment. A city Law Department spokesperson said, “We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision allowing Trump Ferry to continue using the public parkland after termination. We strongly believe the court will ultimately uphold the termination of Trump Ferry.”