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Exclusive: Developers linked to Annabi bribery case plead guilty

YONKERS - News 12 Westchester - has learned that developers who allegedly paid bribes to a former Yonkers city councilwoman in 2008 have pleaded guilty just as her trial gets set to begin.

Antonio and Franco Milio, of Milio Management, have admitted to tax evasion and will likely testify against Sandy Annabi.

Annabi has been indicted on bribery charges involving the massive Ridge Hill development, which was constructed just off the New York State Thruway.

Prosecutors say Milio Management paid bribes as part of a different development deal to build upscale apartments at the old Longfellow Junior High School site on Seymour Street off Ashburton Avenue.

Annabi's attorney, William Aronwald, has repeatedly stated he wants to go to trial quickly, but News 12 Westchester has learned that Aronwald plans to use the guilty conviction of former state Sen. Nick Spano to argue that his client's trial should be pushed back.

Aronwald says the timing of Spano's tax evasion plea on Friday, less than a week before jury selection in the Annabi case, will make it virtually impossible for his client to get a fair trial.

A hearing on Annabi's trial is scheduled for tomorrow.

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