On Monday Welcome2TheBronx started a petition calling for Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council to cancel the Trump organization’s contract for running the golf course at Ferry Point Park in Throggs Neck joining the growing chorus across the city demanding for the removal of not just his name but organization on city owned property.
This morning Mayor de Blasio has announced that New York City will end contracts with the Trump organization at Ferry Point Park’s golf course, two Central Park ice rinks and carousel.
The New York Times reports:
“Inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government clearly constitutes criminal activity,” Mr. de Blasio said in an interview on MSNBC on Wednesday. “The City of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization.”
Back in 2015, Welcome2TheBronx started a similar petition when Trump announced his candidacy and made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.
That petition received almost 7,000 signatures but went nowhere after the city looked into the contracts and couldn’t get out of the contract.
Six years later we finally have some closure on the issue.
The golf course itself should perhaps be renamed Lenape Links in honor of the indigenous peoples who occupied these lands prior to European colonization as suggested by Dr Mark Naison of Fordham University, however, others have pointed out that while this is a great idea, the Lenape people should be involved in the decision making of such a renaming.
Others think the golf course should be removed and the land simply returned to the people as park land.
What are your thoughts?
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