The City Council committee chairman who oversees New York City parks urged the de Blasio administration to end Donald Trump's concession contracts with the city because of the billionaire developer's remarks about criminals among Mexican immigrants.
Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), whose district from the Upper West Side to Washington Heights includes a substantial Latino population, said Thursday that the Department of Parks and Recreation should sever the relationship by invoking the contracts' "terminate-at-will clauses" and "sever all ties with Mr. Trump immediately."
"Mr. Trump's racist comments are despicable even by his already low standards," said Levine, head of the Committee on Parks. "Our parks are public spaces where everyone should feel welcome and an association with Mr. Trump directly contradicts this spirit."
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that the city was reviewing Trump's contracts, which include a new public golf course at Ferry Point in the Bronx, the Lasker Rink and Wollman Rink in Central Park, and the park's carousel.
De Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton said the administration wants to conduct its review discreetly without publicizing any details. She did not provide a time frame.
Trump executive Ronald C. Lieberman didn't return a call seeking comment Thursday, but on Wednesday said that "we have binding contracts" with the city.
On June 16, announcing a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, Trump said: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. . . . They're sending people that have lots of problems. . . . They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."