He couldn’t give it away.
On Saturday, Todd Brassner died in the fire at Trump Tower in New York City. He had more than $3 million in artwork and other collectibles, including a portrait of himself painted by Andy Warhol. Todd was 67 years old. He lived alone and his collections included about 100 vintage electric guitars, 40 guitar amplifiers dating to the 1930s, and 150 ukuleles.
His friends said that Todd had been trying to sell his apartment since Donald Trump was elected president. The election brought increased security and activity that a friend described as “untenable”.
“It was like living in an armed camp. But when people heard it was a Trump building, he couldn’t give it away”, said Stephen Dwire, a close and long-time friend.
At least 6 firemen were injured in the blaze. There is no sprinkler system in the apartments. New York City fire marshals are still investigating but their preliminary finding is that the fire was accidental and not criminal in nature.
Our condolences to Todd’s family and friends.
Can’t help but wonder if the First Lady was residing in the White House, if the Secret Service would have been in New York?
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Police are scrambling to retrieve a laptop that was stolen from a Secret Service agent in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday morning.
The computer contained information about Trump Tower and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, authorities told the New York Daily News.
The Daily News and other outlets first reported that the computer’s contents were classified, but a Secret Service statement later indicated otherwise.
“Secret Service issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information,” the statement reads. The Secret Service, however, will of course continue investigating the theft.
— Celeste Katz (@CelesteKatzNYC) March 17, 2017
The laptop was reportedly swiped from the agent’s vehicle…
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