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Contractors Meet To Discuss Getting Trump To Pay Them

July 10, 1990

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ About 150 subcontractors who say Donald Trump owes them $70 million for building his Taj Mahal Casino Resort met at a rival casino Tuesday to discuss how to get their money.

The group, in a three-hour meeting that included Trump officials, elected a seven-person committee to negotiate the alleged overdue payments. The business owners refused to answer questions about the negotiations.

Before the meeting, Atlantic Plate Glass executive Marty Rosenberg, whose company is owed $1.1 million, said Trump officials earlier in the day offered to resolve the dispute. The offer was made to a smaller group of about 30 subcontractors who met at the Taj Mahal.

″I do not feel it is a fair offer,″ Rosenberg said.

Though some of the subcontractors had promised to discuss the negotiations with reporters, they clammed up midway through the meeting shortly after Trump officials entered the discussions.

Trump attorney Nicholas Ribis also refused to comment on what said in the afternoon meeting at Merv Griffin’s Resorts Casino Hotel, which is next door to the Taj Mahal on the Boardwalk. Nor would he discuss the earlier offer made to the smaller group of executives.

The Taj Mahal, the city’s largest casino, has averaged daily gross gaming revenues of just under $1.2 million a day since its April 2 opening. Analysts have said it needed about $1.3 million a day to break even.

Larger contractors are watching the progress of these negotiation before deciding how to claim the $30 million they contend Trump owes them.

″It’s something that has been going on for some time,″ said attorney Noah Bronkesh, who represents Avalon Commercial Corp., which laid down tiles, marble and carpeting in the casino. Avalon was not at the meeting Tuesday.

″People are getting restless,″ Bronkesh said. ″They’re tired of waiting. We’re probably going to have some action by week’s end.″

Trump has been sued three times in connection with construction work on the Taj. One of the plaintiffs is Molded Fiber Glass of Ashtabula, Ohio, which built the minarets and onion domes patterned after the casino’s namesake, a 17th century white marble mausoleum in India.

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