NYC Names New Firm to Take Over City Golf Course Run by Trump Organization

NYC Names New Firm to Take Over City Golf Course Run by Trump Organization people play golf Patrons play the links as a giant branding sign is displayed with flagstones at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx borough of New York on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (John Minchillo/AP)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Tuesday, 28 September 2021 09:27 AM

New York City is set to name a new operator of a Bronx golf course after ending a contract with the Trump Organization.

The City news outlet, citing a notice published Monday, said a company called Ferry Point Links LLC is set to get a 13-year deal to take over the Jack Nicklaus designed Ferry Point golf course.

The City noted a firm by the name of Ferry Point Links LLC incorporated under that name in late August. It reportedly shares both an executive’s name and address with a city homeless shelter operator, CORE Community Services.

The Trump Organization is suing New York City for ending its contract.

The lawsuit filed in June in state court in Manhattan alleges wrongful termination of the contract in mid-January, saying the city and Mayor Bill de Blasio had "denounced President [Donald] Trump in the most inflammatory terms" and "incited others to terminate business with Trump-related entities" the day after the riot, CNN had reported.

"Mayor de Blasio had a pre-existing, politically-based predisposition to terminate Trump-related contracts, and the city used the events of January 6, 2021 as a pretext to do so," the suit alleged, referring to comments de Blasio had made earlier in his term in which he threatened to end the city's Trump-related contracts.

The company had operated the Bronx golf course since 2015.

"Inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government clearly constitutes criminal activity," de Blasio had said at the time. "The City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization."

According to The City news outlet, a notice posted by New York City shows that a minimum of $300,000 a year will now be paid by Ferry Point Links LLC to the city — or a share starting at 7% of the gross proceeds. It will gradually increase to 10% by year 13 in the contract.

The City noted a representative from the Department of Parks and Recreation said that CORE will be teaming up with an Atlanta company that will be "managing the operation of the concession."

CORE Community Services did not respond to requests for comment.

Ken Caruso, an attorney representing the Trump Organization in the pending suit, said: "The city has no right to award the license to another operator. The Trump Organization’s long-term license for this property is legally binding, enforceable, and remains in full force and effect."