Felix Sater, developer with Trump ties, selling Sands Point home

Felix Sater, developer with Trump ties, selling Sands Point home
Sater's Sands Point mansion, now for sale at $2.5 million (Photo courtesy of Realtor.com)

Felix Sater, a Russian-born real estate developer and business associate of President Trump, is selling his home in Sands Point.

The home, located at 94 Sands Point Road, is being listed for $2.5 million.

Sater is known locally for his work with Chabad of Port Washington; he was named their man of the year in 2010 and 2014.

But Sater is best known around the country for his connections to Trump.

Sater has worked with Trump for many years, going back to when Trump was more concerned with real estate than politics.

Sater helped to run the real estate development company Bayrock Group, the firm behind Trump SoHo and several other Trump projects during the 2000s.

Most notable of these was a project to build a highrise for Trump in Moscow.

The plans never came to fruition, but the connections made with the Russian government would come back into play a decade later.

In November 2015, several months into Trump’s campaign for president, Sater sent a series of emails to Trump’s lawyer, according to a report in the New York Times.

In the emails, the Times reported, he bragged about his connections to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.

““Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Mr. Sater wrote in one email to Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, according to the Times report. “I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this.”

The emails caught the eye of Justice Department officials investigating possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, the Times reported.

Sater testified before the House Intelligence Committee last week, according to a report by Reuters.

The Sands Point home owned by Sater is a ranch-style mansion built in 1950.

Enclosed by a wall of vegetation, the property is almost two acres in size and the house itself is 3,600 square feet. There are four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a half bathroom and a 60-ft walk-in closet. Outside is a pool, garden, fire pit and an expansive bluestone patio.

Sater, who was born in Moscow in 1966, emigrated to Brooklyn when he was a boy.

His latest encounter with the Justice Department is hardly his first run-in with the law.

In 1991, Sater was sentenced to 15 months in a correctional facility after smashing a margarita glass across the face of a man with whom he was arguing.

In 1998, he was convicted of fraud in a penny stock pump-and-dump scheme orchestrated by the Russian Mafia. Sater avoided jail time by becoming an informant for the FBI.

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