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NYC backtracks on de Blasio’s plan to close 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 cut-off dates —  in an effort to freeze-out his political rival.

“New York Metropolis children deserve on a regular basis on the ice they will get this yr. 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 instructed The Put up.

“However make no mistake, we is not going to be doing enterprise with the Trump Group going ahead. Inciting an rebellion won’t ever be forgotten or forgiven.”

People ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park on February 21, 2021.
Individuals ice skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park on February 21, 2021.Daniel William McKnight

Hizzoner introduced final month he was nixing town’s contracts with the Trump Group, alleging then-President Trump had incited a riot on the Capitol. The rinks have been each set to be shuttered at close on Sunday.

The gorgeous coverage reversal got here after devastated skaters fumed over the weekend that they shouldn’t be saved off the ice due to 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 staff who’ve been conserving this going for us,” stated Lee Klausner, 49, who was watching her two daughters skate.

An ice resurfacer at Wollman Rink in Central Park on February 21, 2021
An ice resurfacer at Wollman Rink in Central Park on February 21, 2021
Daniel William McKnight

On Sunday, Eric Trump cheered metropolis corridor’s resolution to hold the rinks open.

“@NYCMayor Mr. Mayor – Thank You for conserving Wollman and Lasker Rinks open — you’ve simply made numerous NYC households (alongside w our 250 staff) extremely glad. This can be a vivid second for New York and please know we ap preciate it. I look ahead to saying ‘thanks’ in particular person,” he wrote on Twitter.

It wasn’t instantly clear if the rinks would stay open till April like previous years.

Trump’s enterprise group, run by his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, has operated the rinks for greater than three many years.

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