A sightseeing ferry company that made the explosive allegation that Mayor de Blasio was shutting it down for a favored competitor has withdrawn its lawsuit to stay afloat, leaving its business in uncharted waters.
A city official told the Daily News that Freedom Cruises’ permits to dock at Pier 36 and the Atlantic Basin were terminated and that the company must vacate following the withdrawal of the suit late Tuesday.
“This was an unwarranted suit and we are pleased it has been withdrawn,” a Law Department spokesman said.
It appears more legal battles were on the way. Freedom Cruises attorney Michael Hiller said he pulled the suit after the company got an invoice for docking permits for the month of January.
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“They’re asking us to continue making payments and then calling us up and saying, ‘you can’t work there anymore,'” Hiller said.
He withdrew the lawsuit one week after city attorneys submitted an affidavit from NYPD Sgt. Daniel Feldman, who said Freedom Cruises used overly aggressive third-party ticket sellers around Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal.
Feldman said he’d seen the ticket sellers “scamming or attempting to scam” tourists.
The city terminated Freedom Cruises’ permit on Dec. 15, citing complaints about the ticket sellers.
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“Since that time, there has been a dramatic improvement,” Feldman said.
Freedom Cruises denied its ticket sellers acted improperly.
The company charged in its suit that the city was killing its business in favor of Hornblower, a rival company that won the $30 million contract to operate the new NYC Ferry service.
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