NEW YORK - Former Yonkers City Councilman John Murtagh took the stand today in the federal corruption trial of former Councilwoman Sandy Annabi.
Murtagh was a staunch opponent of the $650 million Ridge Hill development. He testified about a meeting he attended in 2006 with Annabi, who is charged with bribery and extortion.
The two met with lobbyist Al Pirro and representatives from Ridge Hill developer Forest City Ratner, who were trying to win their support. A short time later, Annabi changed her vote to approve the development.
Prosecutors say the vote was changed because Annabi got $174,000 in bribes from co-defendant Zehy Jereis. Annabi's lawers say she changed her vote because the developer kicked in an extra $10 million in taxes.
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