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Reardon slated to appear for booking; Lawyer: Cafaro Sr. will be vindicated

Published: Fri, August 6, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.




Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., left, the recently retired president of the Cafaro Co., and his attorney J. Alan Johnson talk to reporters outside the Mahoning County jail shortly after Cafaro went through the booking process. Both men said Cafaro is innocent of any charges and will fight to clear his name.

Former Mahoning County Treasurer John Reardon is expected to appear at county jail for booking today for his alleged role in the Oakhill Renaissance Place probe.

Reardon, upon reporting for the booking process, will be the sixth person processed at the jail out of seven people indicted on charges related to the purchase of the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center on Oak Hill Avenue.

Reardon was ordered by Judge Lou D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to appear at the jail by 1:30 p.m. today. He is charged with taking bribes from the Cafaro Co. and/or its subsidiaries, and conflict of interest in the purchase of the building. He also faces perjury charges.

Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., the recently retired president of the Cafaro Co., was booked at the county jail Thursday morning on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy, perjury, bribery and money laundering.

Cafaro, accompanied by his attorney, J. Alan Johnson, appeared at the jail shortly after 9 a.m. for the booking process. Cafaro had been ordered to appear for booking Thursday.

Johnson, speaking on behalf of Cafaro, called the charges filed against his client politically motivated and said he is certain Cafaro will be vindicated.

“I am completely convinced of his innocence. He has pleaded not guilty, will go to trial and will be found not guilty,” Johnson added.

Cafaro said he is innocent of the charges and certain that the others named in the 73-count indictment will be vindicated.

“I know for sure, with certainty, that I am not guilty of these charges, and I believe the others indicted are innocent of these charges,” Cafaro said from the steps of the jail shortly after being processed.

Others charged are county Commissioner John A. McNally IV; county Auditor Michael V. Sciortino; Flora Cafaro, part owner of the Cafaro Co.; attorney Martin Yavorcik; and John Zachariah, former county Job and Family Services director.

Despite the recent indictment of one of his co-workers, county Commissioner Anthony T. Traficanti said he is determined to continue addressing what he feels is best to move the county forward.

“It’s very sad for our area,” Traficanti said after Thursday’s commissioners’ meeting, referring to the indictment, which includes seven charges against McNally. “[Nevertheless], I’m focused on continuing to run Mahoning County like I always have.”

McNally took part in Thursday’s session and left shortly afterward without speaking to reporters.

Traficanti, chairman of the commissioners, said his priorities include controlling the county’s expenditures, having the county jail operate with full staffing, recalling laid-off deputies and seeking federal and state funding for various infrastructure projects.

The 2010 county general-fund budget is between $50 million and $51 million, compared with a budget of more than $60 million in 2008, he pointed out. Certain concessions need to remain, and county departments must continue to make various sacrifices, the commissioner noted.

Traficanti said he remains “110 percent” in favor of the commissioners’ decision to move the county’s Department of Job and Family Services from the Cafaro-owned Garland Plaza, on the city’s East Side, to Oakhill. The department moved there in 2007. Traficanti and Commissioner David Ludt supported the move.

The Mahoning County Green Team and the county Board of Elections are among the entities to move to Oakhill, he said.

Traficanti refused to comment on Sciortino’s contention that the charges were politically motivated.

Contributing to this report was Sean Barron, Vindicator correspondent.


1davidjohn(144 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

trafiicantii is the puppet and tablack the puppeteer

traficanti never talks about the board of commissioners

I'm focused on continuing to run Mahoninfg County like I always have

this is tablack talking

the voters booted out ludt

traficanti is next

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

They all are innocent at least that's what I'm reading from the Vindy. Time will tell! I'm sure something was going on due to the Nature of people. Look a Belle California and Cleveland,Ohio.These Politicians need to be put in there place,but that's where the problem is they write the Laws. A New system is need to be addressed for America! Or these Parasites will suck us dry!

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3ytownredux(117 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Let's hope you are wrong davidjohn, Is Tablack a tough personality and probably overpaid, sure, but Trafficanti is his own man and took his time coming around to Oak Hill. There may not have been a lot of forethought, but the plusses definitely outweighed the minuses. I find it horrible that right, wrong or whatever decision, it appears Cafaro and these others kept Job and Family in these disgusting conditions for another year and tying the County's hands in moving them while they worked their shady shenanigans to reverse a decision that was already made and approved by 2/3 of the commissioners and a bankruptcy judge and trustee.

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4Woody(491 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone know what the County was paying the Cafaros for rent at McGuffey, and also what they were paying per year for bulding upkeep there as well?

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5teabagparty(14 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

The local Democratic Party had a hidden political agenda. Seems like an opportune time for this to happen. Three months before an election! Tablak and Traficanti have always had it out for Sciortino anyone slightly involved in the media, government, or works for the county agencies can tell you that. Apparently no one wants to say anything about the friction that those two have towards Mike because he wont bow to their b/s. Backdoor meetings and conspiracies have progressed for the last 6 months concerning these frivolous indictments which included Betras. If Mike goes then Traficanti moves to auditor, Tablak moves to commissioner, then they remove the county administrator position claiming they saved the county 60-80k. Plus, if they get McNally out, who is a commissioner who actually loves the community and would do whatever is right they would have no internal opposition. The whole thing is a joke. Oakhill the building itself is garbage the HVAC system, the roof, and the foundation all need completely renovated and upkeep would be a fortune. No one is telling us that! Well there you go! The building will hemorrhage tax dollars. The cost to move, the systems being down, the building itself, and the lawsuit are all worthless. They all walk!

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6Woody(491 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Why would Traficanti want to move from Commissioner to Auditor? That move doesn't make sense.

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7teabagparty(14 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Keep your people in the positions. It does make sense. Do you know how much money he makes off of his rental/investment properties... Check it out... It does make sense! It's not about the money...

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8teabagparty(14 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

BTW... since you're being critical of every word... Heres another scenario for you. Traficanti stays then Tablak goes to Auditor while obsolving the adminstrator position.... ponder that...

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91970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

teabagparty you are missing one thing in your paranoid conspiracy theories about Traficanti/Tablack changing jobs:

Those appointments are made by Dem central committee & the Traficanti/Tablack wing of Dem party does not have the votes, NOT EVEN CLOSE, to get either of them appointed to EITHER position. Nor will they have votes to replace McNally if he left office for any reason.

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10teabagparty(14 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

With the aid of Betras and Carol they do!

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11Cassie(88 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

You can indict a carrot if you really want to. How much were the special prosecutors paid and did they have to justify their existence? I will be interested to see how this plays out in court. Is this punishing people for legitimate concerns about a county purchase? There is no doubt that Tablack hates Sciortino and Tablack is always threatening prosecution of those who don't agree with him. Traficanti and Ludt are jokes. What a mess!!

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