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The New York Post did not publish Monday as angry staffers learned the new court-designated owner planned immediate firings at the 192-year-old daily.

Prospective owner Abraham Hirschfeld said in a television interview Monday morning that he wants to save the paper, and intends to publish Tuesday."I'm here and I'm anxious to save the Post," Hirschfeld said Monday on "Good Day New York."

Post editors and writers gathered in the city room on Sunday. They discussed not publishing, then said they would try to do so. By then it was late in the day and ultimately deadlines passed with no reasons being given for the failure of the Post to get to the presses.

Hirschfeld won the right to buy the paper at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing Friday when a judge ruled he was in better financial shape to take it over than Steven Hoffenberg, who ran the paper for two months but could not close his purchase deal.

In another development Sunday, Hoffenberg said state Judge Kris-ten Booth Glen signed a restraining order temporarily halting the sale to Hirschfeld. He said both men were to appear at a 9:30 a.m. court hearing.

Hoffenberg says Hirschfeld stole the Post from him by pretending to be his partner.

Gerard Bray, the top editor at the Post, quit Sunday in an uproar over planned layoffs.