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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, is now facing a different sort of controversy. His neighbors are complaining that his four story brownstone is the local eyesore. Manafort resigned as campaign chairman in August when the presidential candidate’s polls were lagging. There was increased scrutiny of Manafort's earlier work in the Ukraine on behalf of pro-Russian figures, such as Viktor Yanukovych, the country's former president. There were reports that a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party gave Manafort $12.7 million. His name was also in leaked intelligence reports, as the Trump adviser who was in contact with Russian agents during the historic election.

When Manafort is in New York, he lives in a condo at Trump Tower, but he also owns a four-story brownstone at 377 Union Street in Carroll Gardens, as per the NY Post. Neighbors claim that the empty house has been unkempt for several years, with piles of snow, dirty cinder blocks, and steel beams scattered in the front yard. “It’s been four years empty or being renovated. The backyard is full of debris. I wish proper people would live here,” complained a local. As per the Real Deal, in 2012 Manafort paid $2.9 million for the 22-foot wide townhouse. He obtained permits to convert it into a single two-family unit. The project has a long way to go, but he informed the Post that he has hired a new architect and expects to “complete the construction by the end of the year.”

By:  Helen Zaboulani