Council speaker suggests city dump Trump contracts

Business groups pushed back against the proposal

New York /
Dec.December 10, 2015 10:44 AM

City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito lambasted GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump, calling for the city to revoke its concessions to his companies.

Mark-Vivertino, responding to Trump’s recent call for a ban on Muslims entering the country, told an interfaith rally outside City Hall he was a “disgusting, racist demagogue who has no business running for president.”

Trump manages two ice rinks and a carousel for the city in Central Park, as well as a golf course at Ferry Point in the Bronx, the New York Post reported.

“It’s about what do we uphold as a city. What are our values as a city? That’s something that is very real,” she said. “We have values. We uphold that. And this individual doesn’t believe in that, then why should he profit, right?”

But business groups and observers expressed skepticism.

“It’s always a mistake to mix business and politics in terms of public procurement,” Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City, told the Post. “Government doesn’t have that discretion.”

Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, agreed, telling the Post, “Unless there’s something in the contract that addresses extraneous speech, you can’t do anything about it. That would be highly unusual to have in a city contract.”

Earlier this week, Dubai-based Damac Properties said it wouldn’t break its relationship with Trump over his proposal. [NYP]Ariel Stulberg


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Make Greenland Great Again? Trump wants to buy Arctic territory

Make Greenland Great Again? Trump wants to buy Arctic territory

Make Greenland Great Again? Trump wants to buy Arctic territory
Hamptons’ priciest summer rental to host MAGA extravaganza next month

Hamptons’ priciest summer rental to host MAGA extravaganza next month

Hamptons’ priciest summer rental to host MAGA extravaganza next month
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner with the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster (Getty; Trump Org)

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner prepare NJ home for arrival

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner prepare NJ home for arrival
From left: President Donald Trump, Blackstone's Jonathan Gray and Tishman Speyer's Rob Speyer (Getty)

Real estate execs, business leaders urge Trump to begin transition

Real estate execs, business leaders urge Trump to begin transition
Eric and Donald Trump Jr. with 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue (Photos via Getty; Trump Hotels)

Trump Org puts DC hotel sale on “indefinite hold”

Trump Org puts DC hotel sale on “indefinite hold”
Blackstone's Stephen Schwarzman and President Donald Trump (Getty)

Blackstone’s Schwarzman defends Trump on exec call

Blackstone’s Schwarzman defends Trump on exec call
(Credit: iStock)

Feds put Neoclassical architecture policy into practice

Feds put Neoclassical architecture policy into practice
Trump Tower and (inset) Henry Laufer (Google Maps, Archetron)

Democratic megadonor unloaded Trump Tower condo day before election

Democratic megadonor unloaded Trump Tower condo day before election
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...