Greenpoint Financial Corp. is facing pressure from shareholders to sell.

The New York thrift said it would include in its proxy statement for the May shareholder meeting a shareholder proposal encouraging management to sell the company for no less than $45 a share.

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A spokesman for Greenpoint identified the shareholder as Christine Athans. He said her resolution would be nonbinding, but management would have a fiduciary duty to consider the proposal if shareholders approve it. He added that management is in "complete agreement" with the desire of the shareholder to increase value.

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