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Ex-City Council Speaker Gifford Miller pays $3M for UES co-op

By Adam Pincus | May 16, 2011 05:31PM

Former City Council Speaker A. Gifford Miller and his wife Pamela paid $3 million for a five-bedroom duplex cooperative at 108 East 82nd Street on the Upper East Side.

The Millers closed on the purchase of the first- and second-floor apartment that includes three bathrooms and an outdoor terrace, on April 29, city property records published this past Friday show. The sellers were William Tyree, a partner at financial firm Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and his wife Katherine George, the records show.

The 40-unit, nine-story building located between Lexington and Park avenues, was built in 1916. The apartment was listed in November 2010 by Warburg Realty for $3.15 million, shows.

Miller was first elected to the city council to represent the fifth district on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1996, and served until 2005, when he was forced out by term limits. He held the position of speaker from 2002 to 2005. He failed in a bid to win the Democratic nomination to run against Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2005.

Miller now has a consulting firm called Miller Strategies and is also the head of Signature Urban Properties, which is seeking to build 10 high-rise apartment buildings in the Bronx with an affordable housing component.

Miller declined to comment on the purchase, noting the personal nature of the transaction.

He will no longer be living in the district that he once represented. The new apartment is in the fourth city council district.

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