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Bid to set aside corruption convictions of 2 New York politicians denied

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NEW YORK — A federal judge has denied motions to set aside the convictions of two Yonkers politicians in a 2012 corruption trial.

Former City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi was convicted of accepting nearly $200,000 to change her vote on real estate deals.

Prosecutors said her co-defendant, former Yonkers Republican Party Chairman Zerhy Jereis (JEHR'-ihs), worked with developers to control Annabi's votes.

Their lawyers asked a Manhattan federal judge to set aside the convictions on grounds that a prosecution witness had not disclosed that he paid a $5,000 bribe to a municipal employee.

The New York Times reports that Judge Colleen McMahon denied the motions on Monday. She agreed with prosecutors that the defendants could not show that the jury's knowledge of the bribe would likely have resulted in an acquittal.

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