Jury selection under way in Annabi corruption trial

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NEW YORK - Jury selection began today in the federal corruption trial of former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi.

Annabi's lawyers tried once again to get the case postponed, but a judge denied the request.

Jury selection is expected to continue tomorrow, potentially followed by opening statements in the case.

Judge Colleen McMahon questioned 70 prospective jurors today, asking them if they had heard of former state Sen. Nick Spano and the Ridge Hill Shopping development. Some who admitted familiarity were excused.

McMahon released a list of people that could be called to testify, including Nick Spano, his brother and current Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers council members Chuck Lesnick and John Murtagh, and numerous other former officials and political power players from Westchester County.

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The judge also ruled that alleged statements made by Al Pirro, ex-husband of former Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, will be allowed in as evidence in court. McMahon expects the trial to last three to five weeks.

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