Yesterday, Town Attorney Robert Nicola contacted my office to advise me that Attorney Bruce Elstein, representing Dr. Resnick, advised him that there is no insurance for the Great Minds Collection, estimated in value at $300,000. We now know that the art work remains in the library without valid insurance and without a signed indemnification agreement from Dr. Resnick, protecting the Town from any and all liability, including if the artwork is damaged or stolen. Attorney Elstein advised Attorney Nicola that Dr. Resnick has no intent to secure insurance for the artwork.
In an effort to bring closure to this matter, I have spoken to the Town’s Insurance Broker, Sean Carroll of Merrit Insurance, who has made arrangements for the Town to provide insurance coverage for the artwork until the exhibit ends in May. This will not only protect the Town of Trumbull, but also valuable artwork owned by Dr. Resnick. Earlier this week, Dr. Resnick indicated to the Connecticut Post that he would be more than willing to sign an indemnification agreement protecting the Town of Trumbull. Earlier this week, we provided Dr. Resnick and his attorney with a proposed agreement. As of this date, we have received no response.
As soon as we receive a signed indemnification agreement, all of the artwork will remain and be re-hung in the library. The ball is in Dr. Resnick’s court. We await a response from him and his attorney so we can bring closure to this matter.
Timothy M. Herbst
First Selectman, Town of Trumbull