Over the weekend, it was announced that New York City was closing the ice rinks operated by the Trump Organization.
As of Sunday, the rink was supposed to be dark for the remainder of the season.
The city, however, has backtracked on its decision, meaning the Trump Organization will continue to operate the rink for the remainder of the season as usual.
Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to get some cheap headlines by cutting all city contracts it had with the Trump Organization.
The shutting of the ice rink, however, hit home with a lot of families.
During this pandemic, skating has been one of the few activities kids have been able to enjoy.
The early closing of the rink would have ended lessons, hockey, and general entertainment for families and children in general.
These rinks typically stay open into late March, sometimes even into April weather permitting.
Parents were livid when the news broke, with Lee Klausner stating, “The real people they’re hurting are the 2,500 children that have been benefiting from the skating program this season and 250 innocent employees who have been keeping this going for us.”
City Hall soon reversed course after it became apparent the political gamesmanship was not being appreciated by New Yorkers.
City Hall Press Secretary Bill Neidhardt stated, “New York City kids deserve all the time on the ice they can get this year.
“The Wollman and Lasker rinks will stay open under current management for the few weeks left in this season.”
He could not resist taking his shot at Trump, adding, “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.”
Even with the bad blood between the Trumps and de Blasio, Eric Trump was absolutely delighted they would be able to finish out the season…
.@NYCMayor Mr. Mayor – Thank You for keeping Wollman and Lasker Rinks open — you’ve just made countless NYC families (along w our 250 employees) incredibly happy. This is a bright moment for New York and please know we appreciate it. I look forward to saying “thanks” in person.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) February 21, 2021
In all, Trump has four contracts with the city, some that expire in April, with at least one that still has 18 years remaining.
If the city follows through with canceling all contracts, Eric Trump stated the city will owe the Trump Organization more than $30 million in cancellation fees.
Source: Fox News