I admit it: I failed
Because I couldn’t get to yesterday’s auction of estate properties by the King’s County public administrator, I thought I’d call today to get the results for the edification of my readers.
First, I spoke to a nice seemingly young woman who gave her name as Christina. After putting me on hold, she said that she could provide the information if, for some reason, I faxed a written request.
Uh oh. The first sign of trouble.
I did that, my fax machine indicated that the one-pager had gone through, and I called Christina a second time. No sign of the fax, said she. So, I dutifully tried again–and got a busy signal for the next hour.
Hopefully assuming that there was a problem with the public administrator’s fax machine, I called one more time. Although I asked for Christina, a man who subsequently identified himself as Earl Johnson got on the horn. The conversation went something like this:
Why didn’t you just go to the auction?
Unfortunately, I wanted to get there, but I was too busy selling real estate.
Well, we haven’t finished compiling it.
All I want–
I know what you want. You should have gone to the auction.
I told you, we haven’t finished compiling it. The contracts are all in the lawyer’s office.
I don’t know. As I said. . .
Can’t you just tell me the winning bids?
Look, you should have gone to the auction. I don’t have. . .
I wasn’t taking notes, but the foregoing gives you the gist of our exchange, complete with interruptions and attitude. Trust me, I haven’t exaggerated.
Now, I’ve been to a few auctions by public administrators, and let me tell you that more than one government official makes a point of recording every bid. If Mr. Johnson’s office doesn’t have that record, that would be reason enough to question its competency.
Although I didn’t have any luck, maybe you will. Try calling old Earl at the number below, Public Administrator Bruce L Stein or Deputy Administrator Nicole A. Austin, who is so proud of her master’s degree that it’s indicated on the Web site.
(718) 643-3032 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (718) 643-3032 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
I’m sure they’ll welcome your calls, all your calls.
As for me, I’m done demonstrating the small mindedness of petty bureaucrats.
Ah, the joys of communication by blogging.
Update: A commenter notes that Brownstoner.com has the winning bids, i.e.:
432 Halsey Street $450,000
199 Hancock Street, $525,000
961 Lorimer Street, $695,000
1167 Halsey Street, $330,000
1035 E. 53rd Street, $455,000
484 Greene Avenue, $450,000
258 E. 28th Street, $395,000
1395 Carroll Street, $760,000
Versa Place, Shirley, NY $80,000
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Senior Vice President
Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022
M: 347-886-0248 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 347-886-0248 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
You missed the big one: 280 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights went for $2,080,000.
Thank you again, Brandon. Apparently, I’m not having a good day.
Brownstoner has the prices:
Of course! Many thanks for the tip. I’ve updated my post with Brownstoner’s info, for which I am grateful.