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Rep. Ryan introduces bill that, if passed, would help Youngstown

Published: Tue, February 24, 2009 @ 4:55 p.m.


U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Avon)


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles

Legislation introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown would provide $350 million in federal money over three years directly to 30 cities impacted by major population loss and high unemployment, such as Youngstown, for property demolitions, creating green space and city planning.

The legislation would have to pass in both the House and Senate and then be signed by the president before becoming law.

“Cities like Youngstown in my district that want to pick themselves up and begin growing again need help getting started,” said Ryan of Niles, D-17th. “These funds and these programs would help cities become leaner and give them a chance to be competitive again in our national and global marketplace.”

The Community Regeneration, Sustainability and Innovation Act would provide $100 million to 10 cities annually — half with populations of 150,000 and greater and rest with populations under 150,000 — for the demolition of vacant buildings, removing bad infrastructure and creating new green space.

The bill would also provide $25 million in 2010 and $12.5 million in 2011 and 2012 to those same cities for urban renewal planning.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would select the cities; 10 a year for three years beginning in 2010.

“It would provide a significant boost to Youngstown and cities like Youngstown,” said Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams of the bill. The legislation hits “the nail on the head to provide assistance to cities with demolition and green space issues.”

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1Youngstown_Strong(91 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Wow this is news! I must admit that I am happily shocked to hear that amidst all of his blogging & facebooking, Rep. Ryan actually introduced something that will help the valley.

Kudos Mr. Ryan, even if it doesn't pass I'm glad you finally did something for Youngstown. Let's just hope it doesn't take 6 more years for your next accomplishment...

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2NilesResident(14 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

It's about time Tim Ryan did something to help our valley. He's been hanging real close to Pelosi and the other Democratic cronies for the past 18 months trying to maneuver himself into a power position - he must figure he needs to get busy for his run for re-election. Hopefully the folks here will realize that while Tim was once full of promise, now all he does is offer empty promises.

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3jkf573(12 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I'm not a huge Ryan fan, and i haven't voted for him, but I just hav to correct a couple of errors. First, the last thing he's worried about is his reelection. That's an automatic. If he runs, he wins. Second, as distasteful as I usually find Pelosi and the Dem leadership, if Ryan is going to accomplish ANYTHING, he needs to be in a position of influence. Old Sunny Jim may have made many of us feel good, but he was a BUST as a Congressman because he couldn't work and play well with others.

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4boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

There are some good points and some bad points to this bill. It seems like all this plan will do is clean up the place. The criminals without jobs or educations will still be there, and so will the people without jobs. And as far as city planning goes, lets just say if you hand money over to those idiots to "plan" anything, it will be a complete waste of time and money. What will they plan that couldnt be planned with no money at all....I just don't understand how so much money can be spent on the "planning" process. To me that just sounds like a way for the cronies in Youngstown to get paid to sit around with their friends and eat well and BS on the taxpayers dollars and call it "planning" or "a development meeting". I believe if they want a city with a plan, then offer an open forum to people who have legitimate ideas for the development of the city and its land. The open forum will develop ideas that might actually help the community, and not the business that prepares said "plan". Obama keeps talking about taking responsibility for our communities, well why are the politicians permitted to make more than the average salary of their constituents? Remember when the real politicians used to do things because it would help the community? Now they just wait and do the bare minimums when they need to so they can stay in office and keep collecting that hefty check. That said, I would like to know if anyone out there knows what the current mayor makes yearly. Anyone?

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5commoncents(53 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Ryan is a politician - not a thinker or problem solver. We shouldn't expect more than is there. He was taught by the local masters to grab earmarks and that is all he does. He doesn't think about nor understand long-term solutions. I wonder if he has heard that earmark chasers are becoming an endangered species?

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6buffalo03(6 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

To Youngstown_Strong's "amidst all of his blogging & facebooking" comment: I'm sure Tim Ryan checks his Facebook to keep in touch with constituents (which is a GOOD thing), but do you think he sits there on the computer all day? Of course not, he has a staffer dedicated to online communications. I love the fact that the Congressman has a Facebook and a blog that updates us on what he is doing in Washington. If all politicians did that we would be a lot better off.

Boardmanneedschange, I think you are the one that needs change, at least towards your attitude about the people running the city of Youngstown. Obviously we face a lot of problems in our city. But you say, "if you hand money over to those idiots to "plan" anything, it will be a complete waste of time and money", you must have been busy typing that post this weekend when 7,500 people were packed into the City of Youngstown's Chevrolet Centre which received acclaim from media across the globe.

Drink you beverages half full people, not half empty.

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7buffalo03(6 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Yeahh commoncents, earmarks (MONEY FOR OUR COMMUNITY) sound like something we really don't need in the Valley......get real.

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8boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

super. So sporting events are the answer to the Valley's problems. I guess you solved that. It only took 25 years in between boxing matches for that plan to work. My problem is the lack of FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY in the area. I know of no "plan" that will turn the valley's politicians, city council, township board of trustees, or anyone else who likes to blow money on relatives and short term answers into Fiscally Responsible people who will SACRIFICE to help the community. All of these so called "decision makers" are too worried about their political careers and how they can get a bigger political paycheck than what can help their communities. We need leaders who aren't worried about moving to Columbus or Washington. We need leaders who want to thrive here and stay here to assist the people they represent.

Pardon me for not having a happygolucky sunny attitude about the valley, but it seems to me that the people who actually get things done are those who believe that things can always be better, and work hard to find the flaws in any situation, good or bad, and try to see that they don't happen again.

Incidentally, I am very happy that people like Kelly Pavlik support Youngstown and try to bring events like that here. I fully support showing Youngstown in a positive light, but those who are working towards the goal of making this a thriving area that can once again flourish need to look at the area as half empty in order to get things done. If no one complains about the problems and offers criticism, nothing will ever change and this place goes to the dogs.

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9buffalo03(6 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Your are very right, people need to complain. As I said, we have a lot of problems.

But I can not agree with you that anything the people running Youngstown do is a complete waste of time and money.

No, Sporting events are not going to fix all of Youngstown's problem, but sporting events that bring close to 10,000 people to spend money at our hotels, restaurants, bars, and other establishments are a hell of a start and provide much needed revenue.

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10boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

There is a university full of engineering majors and businesss majors that would be willing to assist in any planning process for the experience they would need for their post college job hunt. The possibilities to save the earmarked monies from the government to actually put the plan to work would seem to be a better plan. Hiring consultants at a pretty penny just seems like a waste of money for local governments when the experience of assisting a community and furthering the ease of college to career can be bartered for a simple resume builder. Leave the consultants to "assist" the "planning process" of the private sector companies instead of overcharging a city that already is in the red. This is just one example of how win /win situations can be implemented to help the communities thrive. These are simple ideas and plans that just need a leader to put them into action.

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11scrooge(563 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

"provide $350 million in federal money over three years directly to 30 cities"

HUD will select the cities IF and when the bill is passed, 10 a year for 3 years so there is no guarantee Youngstown or Warren would see a dime.

Another worthless bill that the area will probably not see the benefits of.
I agree with several of the posts above-glad to see he figured out how to author a bill (even if it was probably Brown who came up with it)

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12boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Unreal how a conveersation can start on a story and the vindy buries it with the same story lust a different headline. What a joke.

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13steelerbill115(2 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Have to agree, although i have voted for tim ryan in previous elections, i feel he has spent most of his tenure manuvering into a more politically stronger position and and has somewhat succeeded with aligning closly with nancy pelosi. yet having been assigned to the appropriations commitee i feel the effort for the people of the vally has not been something i would include on a resume. i will not vote for him again and urge people to do the same unless he does what we put him there to do and thats help and better the communities that trusted him and elected him. quit using politics as an excuse and get something done

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14terrancesarco(41 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

steelerbill i haven't voted for him since his second election bid. i see his pie in the sky earmarks just smoke screens to make him look like he is doing something for the Mahoning valley residents. jimbo did more for this valley by accident then on purpose but he never was a b.s.er like "prettyboy timmy".

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15scrooge(563 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

"$100 million to 10 cities annually — half with populations of 150,000 and greater and rest with populations under 150,000"

What on earth makes you think we will be one of the FIVE cities chosen? Just because the pork brothers drafted the bill is no guarantee ANY city in OH will see a dime.

Pipe dreams and 15 second sound bites - that's what both these jokers live for.

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16baboo(43 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

What exactly is this money going to do? Make a poverty sicken city look nice? It seems that Ryan and Brown are jumping on the Obama bandwagon to spend friviously.
We don't need money dumped into the black hole of other government agencies. We need money for job growth and building up our manufacturing base. What happens in a few years after this money is spent? We will have a huge debt to pay with nothing to show for it!!!

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17scrooge(563 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Not quite true baboo.........we'll have empty lots in Ytown to show for it. LOL

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18boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

With all the vacant buildings out of the way, won't the stray bullets travel farther? Those buildings actually serve a purpose by protecting occupied buildings from getting hit.

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19scrooge(563 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Excellent point Boardman -- wish I'd thought of that! LOL

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