Donald Trump pushed to block a requirement for fire sprinklers in city high-rises in the late 1990s.
Two decades before he was president, Trump got political when he spent thousands of dollars lobbying City Council members not to pass the bill — because it would be too expensive for his apartment buildings.
He gave $5,000 to then-Speaker Peter Vallone while also personally calling committee Chairman Archie Spigner and bill sponsor Walter McCaffery, it was reported at the time.
Trump estimated that the move would cost $4 per square foot at the time — about $6 per square foot today.
The council ultimately passed Local Law 10 in 1999 mandating sprinklers in halls and apartments of all residential buildings with four or more units.
But Trump Tower — where 67-year-old Todd Brassner died during a four-alarm blaze Saturday — was grandfathered in and would not have to comply with the new rule unless the building underwent significant renovations, which it never did, according to a rep from the Department of Buildings on Sunday.
Trump’s then-under construction Trump World Tower near the United Nations was also grandfathered in because he had submitted building permits before the local law was signed.
Still, Trump said at the time that he would spend $3 million to outfit Trump World’s 370 units with sprinklers because it would make tenants feel safer, according to a New York Times article from the era.
Meanwhile, the commercial portions of Trump Tower have their required fire sprinklers, the DOB rep said.
Trump Tower’s fire-suppression systems were up to code, and there were no violations witnessed, an FDNY source said.
Additional reporting by Stephanie Pagones