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Steve Witkoff set to lodge bid for Daily News

Witkoff Group chief one of three bidders for newspaper

May 15, 2015 10:30AM

Zuckerman Witkoff

From left: Mort Zuckerman and Steve Witkoff

Developer Steve Witkoff is expected to lodge a bid for Mort Zuckerman’s New York Daily News, according to reports.

The newspaper, owned by Boston Properties executive chair Zuckerman, faces a preliminary May 18 auction deadline and Witkoff is said to be one of three bidders for the publication.

The 58-year-old Bronx native, whose holdings include the Woolworth Building and the New York Helmsley Park Hotel, could see his bid complicated by links to the Albany corruption probes into former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, according to the New York Post.

The other bidders for the Daily News are said to be Gristedes owner and former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and a team led by publishing entrepreneur Jimmy Finkelstein. [NYP]Rey Mashayekhi