This will be brief! I join John D and many others in denouncing any of our representives who cast a vote for Echo Bay with the proviso that Forest City/Ratner are the developers.
As a matter of fact, I see Forest City, from a layman's point of view, as unindicted co-conspirators at Ridge Hill in Yonkers although their legal grounds were carefully raked and covered with manure as well as dirt.
Any Council Man or Woman, any of the 7, Ceremonial Mayor/Councilman at Large and 6 District Representatives would be covered with this wicked mixture as well.
The integrity of our government, our beleaguered and divided City, cannot take another blow. We have much to clean up; from basic management, financial management, responsibilities, priorities, and so much more. Ridge Hill may be successful but even if there were nothing amiss, it is substantially different than Echo Bay. Many powerful enablers, entrenched politicians, kin of famed prosecutors, ex mayors, councilmen, etc were involved to their dishonor. But, Jereis and Annabi stand alone at the end of the day.
Read this time line and judge for yourself if they should and, more to the point of this report, should we spend one moment more considering this well-documented stain on ethics, these ENABLERS of weak and prideful political figures in New Rochelle who put politics before people.
1. on 11/22/2005 the Yonkers City Council votes to end the Ridge Hill Super Majority requirement by a 4 to 3 Council vote. Forest City is halfway there.
2. on 12/9/2005 the Yonkers City Council votes to pass the Ridge Hill zoning change by a 4-3 Council vote. Forest City is home free it seems. Annabi holds firm in the minority.
3. on 05/02/06 Justice Colabella vacates both the zoning approval and restores the super majority requirement for Ridge Hill. Forest City and the squad of ENABLERS step up their game.
4. on 05/08/06 the infamous Al Pirro sets up a meeting with Ridge Hill developers (Forest City gang) and opposing County Members purportedly to discuss matters and votes further. Annabi is not present. Note that this divide the Council is a strategy used by Forest City in New Rochelle; note further how Noam ceded the Communications machinery to Abe Naper(something) on the more lucrative earlier Echo Bay Plan.
5. on 06/02/2006 the always opportunistic Jereis meets with Forest City representatives in Brooklyn
6. on 06/09/2006 the infamous Jereis meets with Forest City Developers... actually in both cases, Forest City Executives in the Bronx.
NOTE: like the crafty rascals they are, neither of the above was held in Yonkers.
7. on 06/12/2006 Jereis sends his resume to Forest City.
8. on 07/11/2006 City Council APPROVES the Ridge Hill zoning change by a vote of 5 to 2. Annabi's slip is showing as she goes over to Forest City.
9. on 10/06/2011 Jereis gets a $5,000 Consulting Contract with Forest City.
For the record, the major Forest City Executives subsequently resigned their positions and formed a seemingly "independent consulting firm." Neither really can say why Jereis got a consulting contract and what value he actually brought to Forest City.
Oh Please, Noam, Barry, Shari, Al, Jared, Louis, Ivar do your duty and throw these rascals out and NOW.