The rival bid for Greater New York Savings Bank-a bid that's a central issue now in a shareholder suit-came from North Fork Bancorp., according to a source close to the situation.

Brooklyn-based Greater New York, a $4.6 billion-asset thrift, wound up taking $7.3 billion-asset Astoria Financial Corp.'s offer. Greater New York told shareholders that another bid had come in the day after Astoria's, but declined to name the bidder.

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