New York backtracks on de Blasio’s plan to shut Trump-owned ice rinks
The town is doing a full “180” on its plan to shutter Trump-operated ice skating rinks.
Metropolis Corridor on Sunday reversed Mayor de Blasio’s transfer to shutter Lasker and Wollman rinks in Central Park six weeks forward of their typical April time limits — in an effort to freeze-out his political rival.
“New York Metropolis youngsters deserve on a regular basis on the ice they’ll get this 12 months. The Wollman and Lasker rinks will keep open underneath present administration for the few weeks left on this season,” Metropolis Corridor Press Secretary Invoice Neidhardt advised The Publish.
“However make no mistake, we won’t be doing enterprise with the Trump Group going ahead. Inciting an rebel won’t ever be forgotten or forgiven.”
Hizzoner introduced final month he was nixing the town’s contracts with the Trump Group, alleging then-President Trump had incited a riot on the Capitol. The rinks had been each set to be shuttered at shut on Sunday.
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The gorgeous coverage reversal got here after devastated skaters fumed over the weekend that they shouldn’t be saved off the ice on account of Hizzoner’s beef with the Trump administration.
“The true individuals they’re hurting are the two,500 kids which were benefiting from the skating program this season and 250 harmless workers who’ve been maintaining this going for us,” mentioned Lee Klausner, 49, who was watching her two daughters skate.
On Sunday, Eric Trump cheered metropolis corridor’s choice to maintain the rinks open.
“@NYCMayor Mr. Mayor – Thank You for maintaining Wollman and Lasker Rinks open — you’ve simply made numerous NYC households (alongside w our 250 workers) extremely glad. It is a vibrant second for New York and please know we ap preciate it. I stay up for saying ‘thanks’ in individual,” he wrote on Twitter.
It wasn’t instantly clear if the rinks would stay open till April like previous years.