Still a lot of chatter about the verdict — guilty on all counts — on federal bribery and corruption charges against former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and her political mentor and cousin Zehy Jereis, whose defense was that he was crushin’ on her. Comments — from news stories, our editorial and columnist Phil Reisman’s analysis:
… Time to start holding elect officials accountable for blatantly corrupting our Political System for personal gain, and destroying Public Trust. This is what’s destroying our great Country, very severe penalties is the only way to clean up our Political System.
— Bill Mahoney, via LoHud.com
… A good rule of thumb for our civic leaders… Ask yourself, “What will this look like to my constituents, news media, and other civic counterparts?” If it doesn’t pass the smell test, don’t do it.
— Liz Jacobson, via Facebook
… The people have already lost faith. And trust.
— Tawn Blaisdell Caputo, via LoHud.com
It’s sad that people feel that they live above the law or circumvent the law. You get caught, you pay the price.
— William Rocker, via Facebook
BRIBE 101 If your in on a bribe , No matter which way your vote leans , You wait for the money to vote the way the money says …
— Chris Burbs, via LoHud.com
An Editorial Spotlight focused on the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, which has reverberated around the nation, including in the Lower Hudson Valley. We talked with a civil rights attorney, a pastor and two youth workers (see summary here and video here) to discuss stereotypes, violence and “the talk” that parents have, especially in families of color, to keep their children safe. Panelists spoke of the frustration, anger and fear faced by young men of color who are deemed suspicious. While they spoke of their hope that the dialog about Trayvon Martin’s shooting will raise awareness, there was this sobering comment from Penny Jennings, founder of ACT Inc., a Rockland-based mentoring program for teens and young adults:
This is amazing, in 2012 that I would sit here, in this seat. … That such an incident could take place when my parents … marched on Washington, and now I sit here and we have the same issues?
PHOTO: Former Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi stands outside the Federal Court in lower Manhattan on Thursday after a jury found her guilty on all charges in her federal corruption trial. ( Seth Harrison / The Journal News )