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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Forest City Ratner Allegedly Did Not Tell the FBI About Political Operative's Alleged Bribery Scheme

Okay, so in the Yonkers corruption indictment Forest City Ratner has not been indicted and of course everything said about Developer No. 2 (aka Forest City Ratner) is just an allegation. But the allegations made against the defendants sure don't put Forest City Ratner in a good light. And the investigation is reportedly ongoing.

One wonders if this is the sort of thing that might get Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. Paterson, the NY Times and others to wake up and smell the coffee about Forest City Ratner.

The Daily News reports:

Yonkers pol Sandy Annabi took bribe to OK Ratner deal, feds say


Developer Bruce Ratner's company agreed to hire the cousin of a former Yonkers councilwoman if the pol dropped her opposition to one of his major projects, prosecutors and other sources say.
The stunning conflict emerged in the indictment Wednesday of Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and her cousin Zehy Jereis, a former Yonkers official.

Annabi, Jereis and a local lawyer were hit with multiple charges, brought by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, in a bribery and extortion scheme.

Ratner confirmed that his firm, Forest City Ratner, was the "Developer No. 2" named in the indictment. The project at issue was a huge residential/commercial project in Yonkers called Ridge Hill.

Annabi opposed Ratner's project. Then, in June 2006, Jereis was introduced to unnamed reps of Developer No. 2 who promised to arrange a meeting with Annabi, the indictment states.

After Jereis and Annabi met with Forest City reps at a Brooklyn restaurant, Jereis asked Forest City to give him a job, the indictment and sources state.

The potential quid pro quo emerged in a June 28, 2006, "agreement in principle" in which Developer No. 2 "agreed to give Jereis a job sometime after Annabi formally voted in favor of the Ridge Hill project," the indictment alleged.

Two weeks later, Annabi switched her vote. In October 2006, Developer No. 2 signed a contract hiring Jereis as a "real estate consultant" for $60,000 at $5,000 a month.

Jereis had no real estate experience and the contract was backdated two months.

Although the contract required Jereis to submit invoices, he didn't until word leaked of an FBI investigation in March 2007. Jereis then sent Forest City seven months worth of backdated invoices.

At no time during these meetings and agreements with Jereis did Ratner go to the FBI, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

Now...if true, why wouldn't Forest City Ratner go to the FBI considering the bribery Jereis is alleged to have been up to?

Forest City claims it is not a target of the investigation. The US Attorney's office wouldn't comment. But FCR employees could be "persons of interest."

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