Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that New York City is terminating its contract with the Trump Organization due to the riots in the US Capitol.
The contract is for two ice rinks in Central Park, the Central Park Carousel and Trump Golf Course at the ferry point of the golf course owned by the Bronx.
Mr. de Blasio said that he is ending the relationship because of President Trump inciting violence.
In an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday, De Blasio said: “Inciting riots against the US government clearly constitutes criminal activity.”
Mr. de Blasio had previously considered canceling the Trump Organization’s contract, but he said that the violence in Washington was a crime and that New York City had the right to sever contact with the company.
The city’s decision is a strong condemnation of Mr. Trump’s hometown. Trump failed his re-election campaign and was attacked many times during the campaign.
Mr. Trump’s name has been stripped of private property, including the Trump Soho District Hotel, now Dominica, and some former Trump Plaza apartments in Manhattan.
The Trump Organization operates Wollman Rink near the southern end of Central Park and Lasker Rink at the northern end of the park. Both contracts are scheduled to expire in April.
Mr. de Blasio’s office said it is informing the Trump Organization that the city is beginning to cancel the agreement. The cancellation of the currently closed carousel will take effect in 25 days; city officials said the ice rink will take effect in 30 days. The golf course contract is more complicated and may take several months to cancel.
De Blasio said on Wednesday that the deal between Trump and the Trump Organization on the golf course “never should have been reached in the first place.”
Mr. de Blasio first proposed to sever the city’s ties with the company in 2015, when Mr. Trump made remarks that belittle Latino. However, some legal experts believed that invalid contracts would not happen in court.
If the agreement’s decision seems to be based solely on personal dislike of the president, the language used in the agreement prohibits “arbitrary” or “capricious” grounds for cancellation.
Mark Levine, a Democratic city senator from Manhattan, has long supported breaking ties with the Trump Organization.
He wrote on Twitter: “This is a welcome, long (years!) unfinished step.”