NEW YORK - The prosecution's so-called star witness took the stand today at the Sandy Annabi corruption trial.

Anthony Mangone is a disbarred lawyer who has already pleaded guilty to bribery and extortion in the case. He was also a longtime aide to former state Sen. Nick Spano, who recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Mangone, who is facing 45 years in prison, has agreed to cooperate with prosecution in an effort to reduce his sentence. He testified that he knew nothing of a romantic relationship between Annabi and her political mentor and distant cousin Zehy Jeries. He also said Jeries allegedly approached him to arrange a bribe for Annabi to buy her vote in the Longfellow school construction project.

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Annabi, a former Yonkers councilwoman, is accused of changing her City Council votes on the Ridge Hill development in exchange for bribes totaling more than $170,000.

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