NY1: Trump and the City: Popular in the Polls, But Not With NY's Political Class

By Bobby Cuza

August 19, 2015

Donald Trump may be the front runner in the Republican presidential race, but his popularity is less apparent here in his hometown, where Trump has been essentially ostracized by New York’s political class. 

How can someone sit atop national polls and yet be such an outcast back home that the city won’t even do business with you?..

Once hailed as a civic hero for rebuilding the Wollman ice rink in Central Park, elected officials like Councilman Mark Levine now want the city to sever ties with Trump, who operates three concessions in Central Park: Wollman, which becomes Victorian Gardens in the summer, the Lasker ice rink and the carousel.

“Frankly, I think it’s a risk to the city’s reputation. To me, that’s ground for cancelling these contracts. I think every legal means should be explored to do so,” Levine said.

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