Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Bill Announced to Secure Construction Sites in City
Monday, October 12, 2009
New York, NY –
Buildings officials say 541 construction sites citywide are stalled as a result of the recession and a bill before the City Council this week would offer developers incentives to make sure those inactive sites are safe, and secured.
Today, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced the bill at a stalled apartment project in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. "If these sites are not properly maintained, they very quickly can become a safety hazard to residents, a quality-of-life problem for residents, and even at times a haven for criminal activity," she said.
Under the proposal, developers could renew building permits for up to four years, as long as they can prove to the Department of Buildings that they've locked up unfinished buildings and have fenced off holes in the ground. Typically, building permits expire after a full year of inactivity, requiring developers to re-start the permitting process. The bill is expected to be approved by the Council this Wednesday. It has the mayor's support.