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.
"I actually asked him [Scott Cantone] for an opportunity," Jereis tried to clarify.
"By opportunity you meant job," Halperin continued.
"Yes," acknowledged Jereis.
At that time, Halperin pointed out, Jereis was continuing to pay Annabi's mortgage, utility, and cable bills.
Witness Joe Galimi, a former Yonkers official and former aide to Brooklyn Assemblyman Joe Lentol, had testified he'd seen the press release, which announced Annabi's changed vote on Ridge Hill, on Jereis's computer.
"Not true," Jereis said.
"You told Mr. Galimi you helped draft Ms. Annabi's press release," Halperin continued.
"Not true," Jereis stated.
"The day after she issued the press release, you set a resume and cover letter" to Forest City, Halperin said.
"At the request of them," Jereis replied.
Halperin detailed three to five emails Jereis sent to Forest City and noted their testimony that he was "very persistent." Would he agree?
"That's not correct," maintained Jereis.
Forest City told you they would not give you a job until after Annabi's vote, Halperin suggested. (Actually, they said they put him off.)
"It was brought up," Jereis said. "They didn't get too into detail." He also denied that Forest City made clear that he wouldn't be hired until after Annabi's 7/11/06 vote.
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