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A Westchester attorney who pleaded guilty this week to bribing a Yonkers City councilwoman for her vote on a housing project is now expected to be a federal witness.
But his sentence is expected to be a fraction of that in exchange for his cooperation in two ongoing probes in which he is involved, sources confirmed yesterday.
In addition to the Westchester case where Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and former Yonkers Republican chief Zehy Jereis also charged, there is a second into the selection of voting machines by New York City's Board of Elections.
Mangone represented the winning bidder, Election Systems&Software, of Omaha, Neb.
ES&S, which paid Mangone's Mardon Consulting firm $63, 100, won the $50 million contract just a day before Mangone was indicted in the Westchester case.
Representatives of ES&S' prime competitor, Dominion Voting Systems, have told city and federal officials that Mangone tried to "shake them down" for money during the selection process, according to one source familiar with the complaint.
At the time, Mangone was sharing office space with Bronx Republican leader Jay Savino. J.C. Polanco, the Bronx Republican representative to the Board of Elections, voted for ES&S. Savino, Polanco and others got federal subpoenas in February. No one has been charged in connection with that investigation.
In the Westchester case, Mangone admitted in federal court that he gave Jereis tens of thousands of dollars in cash to influence Annabi on the so-called Longfellow Project, where two dilapidated schools were transformed into market rate housing.
"I told my client [Milio Management] that he would have to pay the cash to Sandy Annabi to get her to switch her vote, " he said.