Trump freeze-out: De Blasio puts former president’s NYC rink contracts on ice


Skaters arriving at Central Park’s two ice rinks are in for a cold awakening next week — the rinks, which are both managed by the Trump Organization, are being shuttered by City Hall to punish the former president for the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, The Post has learned.

The Trump Organization says its last day of operating the iconic Wollman Rink and the smaller Lasker Rink at the park’s northern end will be Sunday.

The rink contracts had been set to expire in April, but Mayor de Blasio has moved to ice Trump out a month early, effective Feb. 26.

The Trump Organization is closing its doors after close of business on Sunday, so it will have time to pack up its belongings — including some 1,700 pairs of ice skates — and move out.

The city is terminating all four of its Trump Organization concession contracts.

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“Trump has been impeached from operating the ice rink,” a de Blasio spokesman had said Jan. 31 in announcing the concession terminations for Wollman Rink, along with Lasker Rink, the Central Park Carousel and Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, is ending the Trump Organization's skating-rink contracts with the city a month early, a report says.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, is ending the Trump Organization’s skating-rink contracts with the city a month early, a report says.

On a typical season, the two Central Park rinks operate through March and into early April. The carousel never opened for the season and remains closed due to the pandemic; the golf course closed for the season in December.

“Despite our appeals to the City to allow us to continue operations through the duration of the skating season — which would not only save the jobs of nearly 250 individuals who work or otherwise provide services Wollman and Lasker Rinks, but also allow us to continue to provide the numerous public skating sessions and skating and hockey programs that we host on a daily basis — the City rejected our efforts,” the Trump Organization told The Post in a statement.

Eric Trump reacts

Executive Vice President Eric Trump, the former commander in chief’s son, slammed de Blasio for being “petty” in ending the contracts, and said he was saddened that kids would be kept off the ice.

“The city is saying in effect, ‘We don’t care if it destroys the skating season; we want you out now,'” Trump told The Post. “This is one of the only things that kids can do” for outdoor winter recreation, he noted.

“De Blasio is now shutting down skating season while New York dies. It’s horribly sad,” he said.

“De Blasio is now shutting down skating season while New York dies. It’s horribly sad.”

— Eric Trump

Eric Trump.

“The mayor is absolutely petty. This isn’t about us, this is about the people of the city who come here to skate and disabled kids who joined hockey teams and others who joined skating school and take lessons every week,” Trump added.

The Trump Organization is appealing the contract terminations, including the city’s attempt to kick it out of the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, a contract worth millions and which has 18 more years left to run.

Skaters take to the ice at Wollman Rink in New York's Central Park, Nov. 3, 2016. (Associated Press)

Skaters take to the ice at Wollman Rink in New York’s Central Park, Nov. 3, 2016….



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