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Youngstown to end pact with MYCAP before Feb.

Published: Thu, January 7, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick

YOUNGSTOWN — The city will eliminate an $85,000-a-year contract with the Mahoning/Youngstown Community Action Partnership at the end of the month.

Since August 2006, MYCAP has handled the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise programs.

But the city is eliminating the contract after the Ohio Department of Development conducted a financial and program review of the Youngstown-based agency.

The state report questions $15,101 worth of costs at the agency.

Mahoning/Youngstown Community Action Partnership is a nonprofit agency that administers 11 programs in Mahoning County to help the poor and disadvantaged.

Also, the report claims improper weatherization services were done by MYCAP employees at the home of Richard A. Roller II, the agency’s executive director, and raised concerns about several of Roller’s relatives working for MYCAP.

Roller denies the allegations in the state report.

Mayor Jay Williams, who hired MYCAP, said he is disappointed with the agency and it’s time for the city “to pursue a relationship elsewhere.”

The city expects to hire another agency and fire MYCAP by the end of this month, said Bill D’Avignon, director of Youngstown’s community development agency.


SEE ALSO:MYCAP director: Probe would vindicate agency.


1jrobie58(5 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

The Mayor is rushing to judgement on this decision when the ODOD report isn't final. The "real" people who will be affected will be all the people that the business dev. center at MYCAP has helped. If any of you are out there please share your stories.

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2bfpeer08(5 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I'm so sick about hearing about Jay Williams. Seriously he doesn't even do half of what he says he is going to do. I don't know why anyone even voted for him they must have played the race card to get in. Youngstown's mayor is just another sheep!

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3ytown007(1 comment)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Wow!!! Are you serious firing MYCAP? I didn’t know that we had the kind of mayor that would rush to judgment based on a preliminary report and allegations from a former disgruntled MYCAP employee, former councilman and convicted felon (H. Hill).

It is criminal that the mayor would fire an agency that has provided over 45 years of service to low income families in our community. You should watch who you align yourself with because it doesn’t look good for you to take sides so early in the game. Rather, it would have been more prudent to hold judgment until the final report has been completed. After all, YOU chose MYCAP as a provider of choice for business development and you have not had any complaints. Wow!!!!! Get yourself a backbone and stopping listening to your cronies, church family and family members that work for the city of Youngstown.

Is this the bang you needed to go out with or will this be your fizzle?

Please contact the mayor’s office if you support MYCAP at the link listed below.


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4mystory2010(3 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I agree with Mayor Williams 100%. He has made the right decision. A lot of citizens in Youngstown would be shocked if they knew just how much mismanagement of funds and a lot other things that Mr. Roller and the entire agency has done over the years. I say entire agency because all of the employees represent Mr. Roller and the agency. Mr. Roller is a very clever guy. He has did so much dirt in the agency they'll never catch him. I know so much unfair things the agency has did. I will not tell. I'm not that type of person. I have always wondered why God let bad things happen to good people and people like Richard, who is a thief get all the blessings.

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5CBDactivist(125 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

If you have personally not discussed the circumstances of the allegations with Richard Roller and MyCap you should. The agency and its director
should be given the benifit of the doubt, both have been doing great work for many years.

Lets not get caught up in Politics and blindly supporting a political or personal friend. MyCap is and has been a vital resource to the community for many years, prior to its hiring or one rotten apple which they corrected by letting him go.

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