Corruption trial a 'Who's Who' of Yonkers politics
NEW YORK - Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is expected to take the stand today in the federal corruption and bribery trial of former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi, which has become a sort of Whos Who of city politics.
Several years back, Spano worked for the Albany lobbying firm that was trying to push the Ridge Hill development through.
Former Yonkers city councilmen John Murtagh was the first high-profile politician to testify. Also taking the stand was Dee Barbato, who along with Murtaugh and Annabi stood firmly against the $650 million project back in 2006.
Annabi later changed her vote because she claims the project developer Forest City Ratner promised a $10 million payment to the city and $500,000 for a traffic study. Prosecutors contend Annabi changed her vote after Zehy Jereis gave her $174,000 in cash, jewelry house payments and more.
During testimony Wednesday, Murtagh said he remembered the proposed concessions offered by the project developer but said he never knew if Annabi received any money to change her vote. Barbato recalled the conversation when she learned Annabi suddenly changed her vote saying it's was one of those moments like: "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?"
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