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Appellate court upholds corruption convictions of 2 former Yonkers politicians

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YONKERS, New York — The U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the corruption convictions of two former Yonkers politicians.

The three-judge panel on Tuesday rejected the appeals of former City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and Yonkers Republican Chairman Zerhy Hereis (JEHR'-ish).

Annabi was convicted in 2012 of accepting $200,000 to change her vote on real estate deals. Jereis worked with developers to control Annabi's votes.

The Journal News (http://lohud.us/1ryUK43 ) says the judges agreed with the trial judge that the evidence was sufficient for a jury to "conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that the payments Jereis made to Annabi were part of a corrupt agreement."

Annabi is serving a six-year prison term. Jereis was sentenced to four years in prison.

Their lawyers didn't return phone calls seeking comment.


Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com

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