2 Yonkers Pols Sent to Prison on Corruption Convictions

Monday, Nov 19, 2012  |  Updated 4:17 PM EDT
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2 Yonkers Pols Sent to Prison on Corruption Convictions

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A former Yonkers councilwoman has been sentenced to six years in prison for accepting nearly $200,000 to change her vote on real estate deals.

Her co-defendant, a former leader of the city's Republican party, was sentenced to four years on the same bribery and extortion charges.

The former councilwoman, Sandy Annabi, was also ordered Monday to pay more than $1.4 million in fines and restitution. Co-defendant Zerhy Jereis must forfeit more than $200,000.

They were convicted in March at federal court in Manhattan.

Prosecutors said Jereis worked with developers to control Annabi's votes on two projects including the Ridge Hill retail and residential development.

They said Jereis' reward was a $60,000 no-show job.

Annabi's lawyer said she changed her votes because the developers made concession to help the city.

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