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NY fight over Astor's estate ends; millions freed

Settlement ends 5-year fight in NY over Brooke Astor's estate; millions freed for charity By The Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) ' The New York attorney general says the long dispute over Brooke Astor's will has been settled.

The agreement in Westchester County Surrogate Court comes nearly five years after Astor, a socialite philanthropist, died at the age of 105.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the settlement frees $100 million for charities. The main recipients are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library and New York City's public schools.

He says it cuts by more than half ' to $14.5 million ' the amount going to Astor's son, Anthony Marshall.

Marshall and the charities had disagreed on which of several wills and revisions expressed Astor's true intent.

Marshall was convicted in 2009 of taking advantage of his mother's dementia, partly by engineering changes to her will. He is appealing.

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