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Habitat Magazine Business of Management 2021

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THE GRAND CHELSEA

An old lawsuit may impact a new campaign. Mark Greenberg, founder of the New York City- and Long Island-based real-estate management firm MGRE, is running for Congress on the Republican ticket in Connecticut's 5th District, where he lives. The local Democratic committee naturally prepared opposition research — which, reports The Hartford Courant, includes information about a 1996 lawsuit alleging Greenberg waived fee-collection from some residents of The Grand Chelsea condominium, at 270 West 17th Street in Manhattan, so that they would "refrain from pursuing their rights and claims against Defendant Greenberg" and that his company "improperly used its ability to influence or control the election of individuals to the [condo's] Board to pressure … Board Members to refrain from … exercising proper supervision over defendant Greenberg's activities." The case went on for six years, ending in 2002 with a "stipulation," the newspaper said. (Full disclosure: MGRE is a Habitat advertiser.)

A Manhattan lingerie model on Wednesday sued her condominium over what she claims is mold from a nearly two-year-old water leak that neither the condo board nor the management company has satisfactorily addressed, and that has forced her to move out of her luxury apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood.

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