By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
Even as New York City becomes increasingly unsafe, Mayor Bill de Blasio is focusing on spending $30 million of taxpayer money to remove former President Donald Trump’s name from all city property.
As Eric Trump put it, “New York is being overrun by crime and homelessness, and people are fleeing in record numbers, yet this mayor’s focus is using $30 million of taxpayer money to settle political scores.”
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After the Jan. 6 Capital riot, de Blasio said he would pull the Trump Organization’s longtime concession contracts to run the historic Central Park carousel, Wollman and Lasker skating rinks in the park, and the Trump Ferry Point Golf Course in the Bronx.
The Trump Organization’s decision to kick out would have meant that the two skating rinks were closed six weeks earlier. This caused a protest from the skaters. Instead, however, the New York Post reported that the agreement was allowed to expire.
A family of four would pay $109 each to rent skates, enter and store their locker, as opposed to $95 under the Trump Organization.
Trump could not continue to operate the Central Park carousel. Instead, Trump closed the famous ride for the entire summer 2021. Only a new operator opened the iconic ride on Oct. 16.
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The Trump Org is now being kicked out by de Blasio. out of the Bronx golf course — for which Trump still has 13 years left on its contract to run — that he’s fine with spending $30 million of city taxes to end it early.
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Comptroller Scott Stringer, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., both Democrats, and residents are objecting to de Blasio’s decision, the Post reported, in part for fear of losing the 150 jobs there.
De Blasio’s willingness to spend $30 million and lay off 150 people shows that he cares less about the New York City residents he’s supposed to represent than he does taking care of a political vendetta.
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