Dan joined the station in 2004 as producer of WNYC’s All Things Considered and later moved on to Morning Edition. He works closely with the show’s host to keep the content interesting and fresh. He also handles breaking news, such as the transit strike, and reports on a variety of stories, ranging from the court battle over same sex marriage to the efforts to bring a NASCAR race track to Staten Island.
Starrett City Sale Most Likely Blocked
Friday, March 02, 2007
New York, NY –
Not so fast for the potential buyers of Brooklyn's Starrett City, federal housing officials will block their attempt to take over the nation's largest federally subsidized apartment complex. WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more.
Alphonso Jackson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is not satisfied by the deal as it stands now. But in a letter to the potential buyers, HUD is leaving the door open if buyer Clipper Equity can allay fears that it will keep Starrett City's apartments affordable.
The $1.3 billion deal has drawn fire from the start with potential owner David Bistricer getting the most flak for allegedly being a bad landlord. Clipper Equity released a statement saying it "looks forward to the opportunity of correcting certain underlying misinformation." But it will not be easy to revive the deal.
Senator Charles Schumer, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Starrett City residents already have a celebration planned for this afternoon. For WNYC, I'm Dan Blumberg.