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James Doran of the New York Post reports that New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has 740 Park resident Ezra Merkin in his sights, and is weighing an investigation of his role in Bernard Madoff‘s massive Ponzi scheme. Oddly, although lots of people are wondering what the co-op board and neighbors at 740 are thinking about Merkin, whose apartment was worth about $35 million before September’s money meltdown, I’ve yet to see much speculation about the 133 East 64th Street co-op where Madoff owns a penthouse and is (or was until recently) president of the board. Back at Christmas time, Page Six reported that Today show frontman Matt Lauer, who lives on the 6th floor of the building, was “freaking out” about what the gossip column has memorably dubbed the “Ponz Scum” — newsmen and photographers — clustered outside 133, a professionally odd yet personally understandable stance. Public records indicate the building was also home to the late diplomat Evan Galbraith , and is currently home to Fred Papert, the preservationist who once employed John F. Kennedy, Jr., at the 42nd Street Development Corporation, Diego Gradowczyk, a Managing Director of Barclays Capital, Gurnee Hart, a retired investment banker, and taxation lawyer Sanford Ehrenkranz, previously the President of the Jewish Communal Fund of New York and a member of the Board of Directors of UJA/Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. UPDATE: Ask and ye shall recieve. The Times reports on Madoff’s resignation from the co-op board and apology to his neighbors.