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In line with a grand jury indictment that was unsealed this week, John Gallagher, Jr. was charged with bribery for allegedly taking $one hundred fifty,000 in kickbacks from 2009 to 2013 from a Westchester development firm. Video by Christopher Eberhart/lohud
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A former New Rochelle faculties director admitted to participating in a corruption scheme that impacted the New Rochelle Faculty District.  

John Gallagher Jr. pleaded responsible to bribery in reference to a scheme to solicit bribes from an outdoor contractor to channel faculty district enterprise to the contractor’s firm. 

Joon Kim, appearing U.S. Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, stated Gallagher  acquired greater than $one hundred fifty,000 in money bribes and kickbacks.

“As a faculty district worker, Gallagher was a public servant, whose job it was to do what was in the perfect curiosity of schoolchildren and taxpayers,” Kim stated in a press release. “As an alternative, Gallagher corruptly did what was in his personal pursuits, lining his pockets with bribes.”

The bribes and kickbacks have been paid by Mauro Zonzini, who owns the development firm M. Zonzini Mason Contractors in New Rochelle.

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Gallagher Jr., who was an executive of Aramark Management Services Limited Partnership, which managed the school district’s facilities since the mid 1980s to 2016, had influence over which contractors were awarded work by the school district. 

He used his influence to make sure Zonzini’s company got the work in exchange for 10 percent of what the school district paid for the job. Zonzini paid Gallagher several times in parking lots from 2009 to 2013.

Zonzini pleaded guilty at the end of May to federal bribery and tax evasion charges. 

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