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Authorities: Letter With White Powder Sent To Office Used By Attorney Aaron Schlossberg

May 24, 2018 - 4:29 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- FDNY crews were called Thursday afternoon after a letter with white powder was sent to the office that attorney Aaron Schlossberg used in Midtown East.

The FDNY told WCBS 880 it was called to 275 Madison Ave. for a report of a suspicious white powder. Police said powder was in a note was addressed to Schlossberg.

Two women on the 14th floor were evaluated, but neither had symptoms.

The powder was being tested late Thursday afternoon.

The address was used by Schlossberg, who was caught on a video that went viral threatening to call federal immigration officials on workers at a Midtown restaurant because they were speaking Spanish with customers.

The company that owns the facility, Corporate Suites, terminated the agreement for Schlossberg to use the space after the video went viral.

Schlossberg never had dedicated office space in the building – only space to meet with clients from time to time and receive mail.

Richard Klein works in the building, and said he is totally against Schlossberg’s views. But he told WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz the white powder incident was not acceptable.

“You shouldn’t be doing it to anybody. That’s really the bottom line,” Klein said. “But yeah, it’s a shame, because people don’t know that he’s not here. But even if he was here, they shouldn’t be doing that.”

Schlossberg apologized earlier this week for his conduct as seen in the viral video.

“To the people I insulted, I apologize. Seeing myself online opened my eyes – the manner in which I expressed myself is unacceptable and not the person I am. I see my words and actions hurt people, and for that I am deeply sorry. While people should be able to express themselves freely, they should do so calmly and respectfully,” Schlossberg wrote.

Schlossberg’s statement continued: “What the video did not convey is the real me. I am not racist. One of the reasons I moved to New York is precisely because of the remarkable diversity offered in this wonderful city. I love this country and this city, in part because of immigrants and the diversity of cultures immigrants bring to this country. Again, my sincerest apologies to anyone and everyone I hurt. Thank you.”

dward Suazo, who posted the clip of Schlossberg on his Facebook page, said his wife and her best friend had stopped in for lunch and were speaking in Spanish with one of the employees as they were ordering their food.

That apparently set off the tirade.

"Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English," Schlossberg is seen telling a manager. "Every person I listen to, he spoke it, he spoke it, she's speaking it. It's America. Your staff should be speaking English."

Schlossberg then threatens to contact officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"I will be following up and my guess is they're not documented so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country," Schlossberg says. "If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money -- I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here, the least they could do is speak English. You understand? If you intend on running a place in Midtown Manhattan your staff should be speaking English, not Spanish."

On Friday, a crowd turned out for a protest led by a mariachi band outside Schlossberg’s apartment.