A major homeless shelter operator withdrew from a deal to take over a public Bronx golf course after the Trump Organization left ties at the behest of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“CORE Services Group, Inc. has decided to withdraw from the review,” an attorney for the Brooklyn-based nonprofit wrote in an email to leaders of the city’s parks and recreation department on Wednesday. and golf course operator Bobby Jones Links.
THE CITY revealed CORE’s unlikely involvement on Monday, after public records revealed that Parks was proposing a 13-year deal to put a company registered by CORE CEO Jack A. Brown with responsibility for the luxury course 18-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus near Whitestone Bridge.
“We are disappointed that we are unable to move forward with this project at this time and help bring workforce training and jobs to communities in New York City who are are under-represented in the sport of golf, ”said a spokesperson for CORE, which has $ 544 million in contracts outstanding for shelters for families and single adults, said in a statement.
“We will continue our work to break down barriers and create new opportunities for all New Yorkers. “
Asked Tuesday morning about THE CITY report on the future of Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, de Blasio said CORE “would only work on part of the staff.” It is not the organization that manages the entire golf course.
That organization, Parks officials said, will be Bobby Jones Links. Still, the Atlanta-based golf course operator did not respond to multiple inquiries from THE CITY and is not listed in any public record related to Brown’s company, Ferry Point Links LLC.
Former President Donald Trump sued Parks Department after de Blasio drawn the Trump Organization’s 20-year concession to take the course well before the midpoint – in reaction to Trump’s role in inciting the Jan.6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol. The mayor also rescinded Trump’s control of two ice rinks and a carousel, all in Central Park.
Speaking to THE CITY on Monday, a lawyer for Trump pledged to also take legal action against any new Ferry Point concessionaires.
Trump says de Blasio does not have the right to expel him, with his lawyer claiming the twice-indicted former president is the victim of “political retaliation.”
But Parks says he is rushing forward to put in place a new operator after Trump’s tenure ends on November 14.
A city review board hearing of the non-tender contract with Ferry Point Links LLC remains scheduled for October 12.
“We have received and accepted a notice from CORE advising us of their withdrawal from our negotiated contract process at the Ferry Point golf course,” Parks Department spokesperson Crystal Howard said in a statement. “We are pleased to say that as the planned operator role of Bobby Jones Links represented 90% of the proposed responsibilities, we will continue the process with them as the new route operator as planned. “
On Tuesday, de Blasio said the city was “in a strong legal position – the Trump Organization is not.” We think we’ll win this one without hesitation.