Former Westchester exec ends combat to get again watch seized in bribery probe

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The feds have finalized seizure of former Westchester County Govt Rob Astorino’s costly Rolex Submariner watch, which was partially paid for by two former New York Metropolis political donors who had been in the end prosecuted for paying NYPD officers and different officers.

In keeping with courtroom papers filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal courtroom, actual property developer Jona Rechnitz, who in 2013 gave $15,000 to Astorino’s re-election marketing campaign, helped Astorino purchase a brand new luxurious watch from a retailer proprietor in Manhattan’s Diamond District.

Astorino paid the shop proprietor $1,800 for the Rolex, in response to courtroom papers, and Rechnitz apparently picked up the remainder of the tab — financial institution information present that, the day after the October 2013 assembly, Rechnitz reduce a $5,790 test to the shop proprietor and wrote “ROLEX” within the topic line.

A spokesman for Astorino, who was by no means charged with a criminal offense as a part of the scandal, stated in a press release issued on Tuesday that Astorino isn’t admitting to any wrongdoing however that he gave up making an attempt to get again the watch — which he stated was truly $2,000 — to keep away from a probably pricey authorized combat.

“He determined to finish the problem and transfer on,” stated spokesman William O’Reilly.