The New Rochelle Reform Club will host a special forum Wednesday May 22nd featuring former Yonkers City Councilman John Murtagh who will speak and answer questions about his years of experience with Forest City/Ratner, the developer of the proposed Echo Bay Project in New Rochelle, NY.
This is a "can't miss" event for New Rochelle residents concerns about the appalling track record for the Cleveland-based developer whose projects have frequently been the subject of state and federal corruption indictments.
Murtagh will share his unique insights into the business practices of Forest City/Ratner and the implications for New Rochelle in the wake of the City Council's recent 7-0 vote to move forward with an MOU extension for Forest City/Ratner's proposed Echo Bay Development in New Rochelle.
Murtagh opposed the Ridge High project and testified in the public corruption trial of Sandy Annabi and Zehy Jereis where the pair were convicted of bribery and corruption charges.
At the time, Murtagh said that Forest City Ratner has “little or no regard for public opinion", adding “Their entire business model is to exploit every tax loophole and taxpayer-funded subsidy that they can. Promise the world and deliver far less, and do it all by manipulation.”Read more
(White Plains, NY) -- Faced with family court facilities plagued by deteriorating building conditions that pose safety risks to Westchester families, residents, police officers and court personnel, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) pressed County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Administration again this week to stay on track with renovations and long-term solutions.
Although the Administration promised to present the BOL with a plan last year regarding the numerous public safety issues and building problems existing at both the Yonkers and New Rochelle family court facilities, information about the County's plan only surfaced Wednesday during a meeting of the BOL’s Sub-Committee for Capital Projects, chaired by BOL Vice Chair Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon).Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Tanisha Gomez, 27 of 132-39 88th Street, Ozone Park, New York, was sentenced today to an indeterminate term of three to nine years in state prison on her guilty plea to all counts of a nine count indictment that charged her with three counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, class “B” Felonies, one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony, one count of Vehicular Assault in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony, one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified Misdemeanor in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, unclassified Misdemeanors in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, and one count of Reckless Driving, an unclassified Misdemeanor in the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
On July 24, 2011 at approximately 4:31 am, the defendant struck another vehicle head on as she was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of the New England Thruway in New Rochelle.
She had been driving her vehicle in the wrong direction on the Thruway for at least 6.4 miles in New York City and Westchester County.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Demetrius Williams, 36, of 40 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle, New York was convicted after a jury trial of one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class “C” Violent Felony.
On May 6, 2011, at approximately 4:12 p.m., members of the City of New Rochelle Police Department responded to Yamaha Wheel Sports Center, located at 399 Huguenot Street, on the report of a verbal dispute.
Upon arrival, the officers met with a Yamaha employee and the defendant, and learned that the dispute was regarding a civil matter concerning nonpayment on a previous motor scooter purchase.
Both parties agreed that until payment could be made, the scooter would remain at Yamaha.
The dispute having been resolved, the police left.Read more
Former Yonkers City Council Democratic Majority Leader And Former Yonkers Republican Party Chief Annabi Convicted for Accepting Nearly $200,000 in Bribes and for Filing False Tax Returns Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Sandy Annabi, the former Democratic Majority Leader of the Yonkers City Council, and Zehy Jereis, the former head of the Yonkers Republican Party, were found guilty today by a jury in Manhattan federal court of public corruption crimes. Annabi and Jereis were convicted for participating in bribery schemes related to her position on the Yonkers City Council as well as the actions they took to conceal these schemes. Annabi was also convicted of making false statements to financial institutions related to loans she was seeking for two houses and an apartment in Yonkers, New York, and for filing false federal income tax returns. They were convicted on all counts after a seven-week trial before U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon.
Annabi, 41, and Jereis, 40, both of Yonkers, New York, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to make and accept corrupt payments, one count of conspiracy to deprive the City of Yonkers and its citizens of Annabi’s honest services, one count of receiving corrupt payments, and one count of extortion. Annabi was also convicted of one count of receiving corrupt payments, three counts of making false statements to a bank, and two counts of filing false tax returns. Jereis was also convicted of one count of making corrupt payments.
Annabi faces a maximum sentence of 161 years in prison, and Jereis faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.Read more
A Three Judge Panel has found that New York's existing plan for delineating congressional districts failed to comply with the Constitution and so adopted a plan put forwarded by Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann. The Three Judge Panel was comprised of Reena Raggi, United States Circuit Judge, Gerard E. Lynch, United States Circuit Judge, and Dora L. Irizarry, United States District Judge.
New York State has been ordered to implement the Judge's plan so that the 2012 elections for the House of Representatives can go forward as scheduled. New York is required to confirm in writing before noon tomorrow that all steps have been taken to implement the order. All parties have been ordered to appear in court tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse.Read more
Norman Oder writing on the Atlantic Yards Report provides an excellent, must read synopsis on the Yonkers Corruption Trial involving Noam Bramson's favorite developer, Forest City/Ratner, more commonly known on Talk of the Sound as "Developer #1".
Prosecutors have been hammering away at the claim by Sandy Annabi and Zehy Jereis that the only reason he gave her $174,000 in cash and gifts was because he was flirting with her, suggesting that a series of emails on Sandy Annabi's computer were manufactured after the fact as part of a defense strategy.
Oder offers many fascinating exchanges like this one:
At the end of the 6/9/06 meeting, "you asked Forest City Ratner for a job," Halperin related.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Tanisha Gomez (DOB 06/18/85) of 132-39 88th Street, Ozone Park, New York, pled guilty today to all counts of a nine count indictment that charged her with: