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73 CHARGES FOCUS ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE CONFLICTS



Published: Fri, July 30, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.

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Anthony Cafaro Sr.

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Flora Cafaro

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Martin E. Yavorcik

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Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally

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Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino

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John Zachariah

By PETER H. MILLIKEN

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The interaction of public officials with private interests over Mahoning County’s purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place led to indictment of seven people and three business entities, including The Cafaro Co.

Charges against various defendants include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy, perjury, bribery, money laundering, tampering with records, disclosure of confidential information, conflict of interest, filing a false financial disclosure statement, and soliciting or accepting improper compensation.

Many of those charged or their representatives, however, say they’re innocent and were watching the taxpayers’ dollars in a bad building deal.

No court dates for arraignments had been set as of late Thursday.

“As special prosecutors, we were concerned that public officials would be so involved with the private interests of the owners of the Garland Plaza,” said Paul M. Nick, one of the two prosecutors, after releae of the 73-count indictment by a county grand jury.

If convicted, the Cafaro Co. would lose Garland Plaza.

But The Cafaro Co. and its affiliates, and two of those indicted — Anthony M. Cafaro Sr., and Flora Cafaro — said in prepared statements that they plan to plead innocent to the charges, which the company and its former president called “meritless.”

“I look forward to proving my innocence. The taxpayers of Mahoning County are now paying for the ill-advised decision to purchase Oakhill Renaissance Place. My warnings about the costs to the taxpayers have been correct. This unfounded indictment will not silence my opposition to irresponsible governance,” said Cafaro Sr.

FACING CHARGES

Charged are:

Cafaro Sr. of Hubbard, the recently retired president of the Cafaro Co.

Flora Cafaro, part-owner of the Cafaro Co.

The Cafaro Co. itself.

Two of its affiliates, the Ohio Valley Mall Co. and The Marion Plaza Inc., all of Youngstown.

County Commissioner John A. McNally IV of Youngstown.

Former county treasurer John B. Reardon of Boardman

County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino of Austintown.

Former county Job and Family Services Director John Zachariah of Chagrin Falls.

Atty. Martin Yavorcik of Boardman.

“Public officials here should speak their mind, and when they feel a project is ill-advised, they should stand up. That’s what we elect public officials for, and that’s what these public officials did in this case,” said Lou DeFabio, the lawyer for Reardon.

The indictment charges that Cafaro Sr. and his business entities conspired with McNally, Reardon, Sciortino, and Zachariah to prevent or delay the relocation of the county’s JFS offices.

The charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity contains the forfeiture specification against the Cafaro Co.-owned Garland Plaza, where JFS was housed in rented quarters from 1988 until its move to Oakhill in 2007. The indictment alleges that participants in the conspiracy provided or accepted money, free legal services, campaign contributions and the offer to guarantee a loan made by a national bank.

The bribery charges allege that the Cafaro Co. or its subsidiaries bribed McNally, Reardon, Sciortino, and Zachariah.

Zachariah is charged with tampering with records.

McNally is charged with disclosure of confidential information. That charge alleges McNally shared his notes from the commissioners’ executive session discussions of the Oakhill purchase with Cafaro Sr. or his lawyers.

McNally, Reardon and Sciortino are charged with conflict of interest.

Reardon and Sciortino are charged with filing false financial disclosure statements.

McNally and Sciortino are charged with soliciting or accepting improper compensation.

“We were expecting this, considering at least that this grand jury had been meeting for months on end,” said DeFabio. “These are the same allegations that were made in 2006 and 2007 when this whole Oakhill fiasco was going on,” he said, adding that he plans to enter innocent pleas on behalf of his client to all charges.

‘A BAD PROJECT’

Reardon, Sciortino and McNally “have always insisted they did absolutely nothing improper, that they thought Oakhill was a bad project then, and that it is a bad project now looking back through time at how much money it’s cost,” DeFabio said.

Yavorcik and Flora Cafaro are each charged with only a single count of money laundering. The charge against Yavorcik pertains to his unsuccessful 2008 independent election campaign against Democratic County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains.

Yavorcik received $120,000 from members of the Cafaro family for that campaign: $40,000 each from Cafaro Sr. and Flora Cafaro; and $40,000 from John J. Cafaro, the recently retired executive vice president of the Cafaro Co.

DeFabio said he believes the special prosecutors will agree to recognizance bonds for all defendants.

“These defendants are not flight risks,” he said.

UNANIMOUS VOTE TO INDICT

The nine grand jurors voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of all 73 counts, according to the report filed by Michael T. Heher, grand jury foreman. The indictment was filed with the county clerk of courts on Thursday.

The county bought

Oakhill, which is the former Forum Health Southside Medical Center, in 2006 for use as a county office complex.

McNally, Sciortino and Reardon publicly opposed the purchase of Oakhill based on what they said were uncertain costs of buying, operating and maintaining the former hospital complex.

The 353,000-square-foot Oakhill complex was built in stages between 1910 and 1972.

On the day the county bought Oakhill in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, McNally, Sciortino and Reardon met with Cafaro Sr., then president of the Cafaro Co., in Cafaro’s office.

The Cafaro Co., which was then the landlord for the Department of Job and Family Services at Garland Plaza on the city’s East Side, sued unsuccessfully to rescind the county’s purchase of Oak-

hill, to which JFS moved in July 2007.

Sciortino refused to issue the $75,000 check for Oakhill until Visiting Judge Richard M. Markus ordered him to do so at the end of the July 2007 nonjury trial of that lawsuit.

County Treasurer Lisa A. Antonini, who was chief deputy treasurer before Reardon left in February 2007, acknowledged in that trial that her cellular phone records showed 28 calls made or received between her and Cafaro headquarters between Aug. 12, 2006, and March 17, 2007.

However, she testified in that trial that she never spoke to Cafaro Sr. about Oakhill. Antonini is not named in the indictment.

At the time those calls were made, Antonini was Mahoning County Democratic Party chairwoman in addition to her county employment.

Antonini was subpoenaed along with McNally and Sciortino in 2008 and directed to turn over Oakhill-related documents and correspondence to the grand jury, did not return calls seeking comment.

CAFARO DONATED TO CAMPAIGN

In his testimony, Reardon acknowledged that Cafaro had been a major contributor to his election campaigns.

At Gains’ request, the county’s common pleas judges appointed Dennis P. Will and Nick in November 2008 as special prosecutors for a probe of possible criminal violations of Ohio’s ethics law related to conflict of interest.

Will is the Lorain County prosecutor, and Nick is chief investigative counsel for the Ohio Ethics Commission.

The ethics commission began investigating Oakhill in December 2007. Will and Nick met with the grand jury more than a dozen times between February 2010 and this week. Nick said he anticipates no further charges from this grand jury and that he expects the Oakhill cases will be referred to a visiting judge.

Among those entering the grand jury room, where all proceedings were secret, were Anthony T. Traficanti, chairman of the county commissioners; county Administrator George J. Tablack; Linette Stratford, chief of the civil division of the county prosecutor’s office; and Gains.

REARDON QUIT JOB

Reardon resigned his $100,984 job in Columbus as state superintendent of financial institutions in May, saying through a spokeswoman that he left to be closer to Youngstown and to his family.

McNally and Sciortino said they would not resign their county jobs if they were indicted.

Reardon, Sciortino and McNally called a joint news conference at the Covelli Centre in late May, during which they denied any wrongdoing in connection with Oakhill. They also said their objections to the Oakhill purchase were substantiated, and they said the county can ill afford Oakhill at a time of financial crisis.

At the end of 2009, Cafaro Sr., 63, Cafaro Co. president, and his brother, John J. Cafaro, 58, executive vice president, retired; and Anthony Sr.’s sons, Anthony Jr., 34, and William A., 40, took over as co-presidents of the company.

Anthony Sr. said then that the retirements were part of a transition that began several years ago at the company, which is the nation’s largest privately-owned shopping center development and management company.

JOHN CAFARO CONVICTIONS

In June, a federal judge sentenced John J. Cafaro to three years’ probation and 150 hours of community service and fined him $250,000 after he pleaded guilty to making a false statement about a campaign contribution.

He made the contribution to help the unsuccessful 2004 congressional campaign of his daughter, state Sen. Capri Cafaro, of Liberty, D-32nd, who is now the Ohio Senate minority leader, the U.S. Attorney said.

John Cafaro caused his daughter’s campaign to falsely report to the Federal Election Commission that he had given only $2,000 to her campaign, when, in fact, he gave an additional $10,000 in the form of a loan to her campaign manager for the campaign’s benefit, the U.S. Attorney said. The legal limit for gifts to congressional campaigns by individuals is $2,000.

In 2002, a federal judge sentenced John Cafaro to 15 months’ probation and fined him $150,000 for bribing former U.S. Rep. James Traficant.

REPUBLICAN RESPONSE

“The Mahoning Valley has once again been tarnished and embarrassed by the actions of Democrats who continue to claim they are the best choice to govern our Valley,” said Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Mark Monroe.

Corruption is a drag that hampers economic recovery, he said, adding, “What business wants to locate in an area where bribery, money laundering, and other corrupt practices can be found?”

“Over the past 2 decades, we have seen too many elected Democrats who have betrayed the public trust,” Monroe continued. “That list includes a congressman, judges, a sheriff, prosecutor, and a county commissioner, Democrats all.”


Comments

1ideliver(3 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Another bad example of a special prosecutor's abuse of power...it's too bad this one got duped to do the bidding of the real corrupt politicians...the intelligent citizens of the mahoning valley are not so easily fooled

And shame on the second grand jury...I guess they ran out of insightful jurors with the first first grand jury

Any thinking person can easily see the truth...Oakhill is huge boondoggle

Finally, the simplest way to know that the government has no case...is that the bill consists soley of perjury...

Scooter Libby and Martha Stewart were convicted for lying about NOT COMMITTING a crime...

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21970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Why even waste the time and money to indict and try any Cafaro?

1. JJ Cafaro commits perjury in Phil Cance trial. Chance goes to jail, nothing happens to JJ.

2. JJ agrees to claim he bribed Traficant and plead guilty to felony. Traficant goes to jail, nothing happens to JJ.

3. JJ admits he was making illegal campaign contributions to his daughter Capri's campaign. Nothing happens to JJ. Nothing happens to Capri.

4. Former Judge Maureen Cronin says she took $18k from Flora Cafaro. Cronin goes to jail, nothing happens to Flora.

5. Former Trumbull Co. commissioner James Tsgaris takes money from Flora. Tsgaris goes to jail, nothing happens to Flora.

6. Capri Cafaro runs for congress and doesn't even know if she lives in NYC or wherever else it was she thought she lived so as to be registered to vote. So she gets appointed to Ohio Senate.

7. Capri Cafaro is executive in company at center of Traficant trial. Her dad says he bribed Traficant. Capri somehow knows nothing about it (just like when her dad was making illegal campaign contributions to her campaign). She should be Sargent Schultz: "I know nothing!"

I'm all for rehabilitation, but these people are just running wild, and there is never any consequences to them. Let's just save the money of the trial, and drop the indictments of them now.
I'll bet a dollar though that Capri still gets endorsed by Vindy next election.

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3Millie(192 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Where is Dave Betras in all of this? Was he the Cafaro attorney when they sued the county and got paid nearly $1M? Nice pay check if he got 30-50% in a fee from the taxpayers payment to the Cararo's. Betras had questionable record keeping on the Marc Dann campaign.
My solution as a Democrat - Betras, McNally, Sciortino, Antonini resign today and give us a break from seeing you in the newspaper as public servants. McNally, Sciortino, Betras and Dann - all with legal degrees too.

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

DemoCROOKS they all are. I hope they all end up in prison for a very long time for what they did to Mahoning County. Now maybe the citizens will wakeup and vote these DemoCROOKS out of office. Now don't you feel bad you voted for the 1/2% sales tax that is going into these DemoCROOKS' pockets? Of course the Cafaro's are leading the band on this one. What about the Ohio senate seat Cafaro bought for his fat daughter Capri? She needs to go away as well.

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5davidjohn(144 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

this is a distraction from the mess that is oak hill which is bleeding the county

they can't fix the courthouse because oak hill has costs millions

they can't fund the sheriff because of oak hill

no one knows if these charges are legit or a political vendetta but we do know that oak hill was a terrible decision

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6timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Well it's about time! I was wondering how long this would take to put it together. I've been looking at the records from the county and wonder why the fuss. Now I know!But it's every where in Government and I'm hopeful it will get corrected through out the Nation! In Salineville, Ohio we have a Mayor who has a business and refuses to pay State Income Tax after collecting it from his customers. At least that's what the courts records show! Well Youngstown keep your head up and fire these Servants and jail them!

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7author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The only worse location than Oakhill for JFS WAS Garland Plaza.

How about Munroe screaming about corrupt democrats and the GOP can't find candidates to run for office, because the GOP's biggest cash cow (Clarence Smith) is a closet tax and spender?

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8atownreader(34 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Corruption, perjury, bribery, tampering....so what is news? This is par for the course here.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"If convicted, the Cafaro Co. would lose Garland Plaza."

This would be a good thing for the Cafaro Company as they wouldn't have to pay for the demolition . The place is worthless !

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10MLStrike3(2 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Oakhill was a bad desicion, and the taxpayers are paying for it. The bribery, laundering and corruption that took place through the whole deal was a worse desicion, and now the taxpayers will pay millions to clean that up. We're getting screwed twice! Mahoning County politics, like Yogi Berra says, is like "deja vu all over again"!

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11sue(173 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

When you have one party (in this case it is the Democrats) control of an area for 50 years you get corruption.

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12YtownSports(240 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

This will matter only if there are convictions. Otherwise, it will be business as usual in Mahoning County.

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13Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

In light of all of this, who actually wants to come out and support the Republican candidates? I see a lot of complaining on here but I am not seeing people who want to actually come out and do some work to get Republicans elected.

Unhappy with the Democratic Party? Why not come out and walk a precinct and pass some literture out for local Republican candidates. Make some phone calls. Give some money. Do SOMETHING besides sit on here and complain. We are here folks, and despite our efforts to reach out to get volunteers, no one wants to spend one iota of effort to get someone new elected here.

At the very least, vote Republican in the primary so WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE. We cannot identify Democrats in Name Only from the list folks.

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14Heartland(38 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I saw what happened when a conservative party ruled Mexico for 80 years. Total corruption, litter, filth and corporate pollution. Turn our valley over to the Republicans and that is what you will get.

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15Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Heart, anytime you have total control by one party you will have corruption. I would settle for a healthy balance to keep everyone honest.

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16Mahcntyvoter(30 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

If you look at thier voting record I am sure all these people started out as Republicans. The republicans actually run our county. They changed their party to get elected in this county. Voters don't noticed these things because they get blinded by the cafaro money. The canidate looks good and is seen all over TV we vote for him. I am sick of hearing that the oakhill building is bleeding us dry. First off, owning is alot better than renting in the long run. Taxpayers are now fixing their own building and not a cafaro owned building. When you rent from cafaro YOU FIX EVERYTHING YOURSELF!!!!! Secondly, alot of our repairs are now done from GRANTS we now qualify because we OWN not RENT!!!!

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17ytownladydee(10 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

First the maintanance of the Garland facility was the resposibility of Mahoning County not Cafaro. Past Commissioners are at fault there. Second, no one buys a house or building without an inspection to realize future expenses. This was never done. It is becoming evident that Oakhill is a money pit. A better choice would have been downtown. It seems to me that McNally and Sciorentino have forsight and are trying to save the taxpayers the costs to come. Only time will tell. Once again the county is to be saddled with the unnessary expense of drawn out court proceedings. If you don't believe in conspiracys I suggest you read "Family of Secrets" by Russ Baker. A primer on how to "set up" anyone to get discredit them.

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

A good deal for the Cafaros is a good deal for everyone ? Naw ! It is only a good deal for those getting interest free loans from them with no payback schedule . BRIBE IS SUCH A DIRTY WORD !

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19city_resident(513 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"If rehabbing old buildings made sense then why do they keep tearing down schools and churches and building brand new ones?"

Because we're a wasteful society that thinks new and shiny is better than tried and true.

I've read that analogy is the weakest form of argument, but I'll use it anyway. Tearing down Oakhill and building a new building is like sending a 37 Packard to the crusher so you can replace it with a Honda Accord. When properly maintained and upgraded, I think most would agree the Packard is much better than the Accord.

Oakhill was a hospital! Buildings don't get much sturdier than that, anyway.

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20HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The Cafaros give to both parties and were once in the Republican club that gave large sums. They aren't really Democrats they just realize that the Mahoning Valley only votes Democrat so they run as such.

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211970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"Tearing down Oakhill and building a new building is like sending a 37 Packard to the crusher so you can replace it with a Honda Accord. When properly maintained and upgraded, I think most would agree the Packard is much better than the Accord."

I wouldn't agree at all. The Accord would still be safer with airbags and anti-lock brakes, have pwr windows and locks, keyless entry, air conditioning, cd, ride much better, have better tires, electronic ignition, modern suspension, and really better everything.

Because of the rarity, some might want the Packard over the Accord, but the "look at me factor" is meaningless for quality.

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22backtoreality(2 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Let’s face it, the Oakhill project was then and is now ill-advised. Oakhill IS a money pit. “In July 2006: The county buys Oakhill in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and keeps the city health department and coroner’s office there, but assumes responsibility for MORE THAN $900,000 worth of mortgages and liens.”

Smart, fiscal gov’t? Are you kidding me?! In this financial climate, which was worse off in 2006? Thank goodness someone decided to fight for the public’s interests. Who actually voted to take on this debt? Rhetorical question, because of course it was Traficanti and his buddy Ludt - did they EVER vote any other way than with each other? What a farce.

Hopefully justice and common sense will prevail and it will come to light that McNally, Sciortino, et al were fighting for the public’s interest and well being. It took how long to actually come up with these indictments, which also tells me they do not have much in the way of hard evidence to prove these charges.

Let us ALL remember, an indictment ISN’T a sign of guilt.

As for the editorial piece that suggests “County Commissioner John A. McNally IV and county Auditor Michael V. Sciortino have placed their own well-being and that of political benefactors above their duty to the public,” I have never known McNally to put his own interests ahead of anyone’s - in his personal OR professional life. He is a class act and truly cares about the community. He truly wants to make Youngstown a better place for the people. We would be lucky to have 10 more just like him in public office in this area.

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23Woody(452 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Can we stop with the Oakhill was a bad purchase BS. It is a big smoke screen. It may have been a bad buy. That is not the point.

The indictments question if County Officials took money to prevent the purchase. Sure they might have opposed it none the less, but did they also grease their palms in the process.

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24walter_sobchak(1977 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The Garland facility was a dump, a dungeon, a hell hole, and worse. It was set up for retail business, not office space. Add on top of that a contract in which the county paid for maintenance along with paying rent, and anyone can see that the Cafaro's had a sweetheart deal.

On the face, purchasing Oakhill seemed wise as the city doesn't need one more empty building. One would hope, however, that the county would do their due diligence and investigate the physical plant and make a decision. Renovation and rehab work always costs more because of the demolition involved, especially if it is select demolition. There have been a number of buildings in town that have been renovated and are fine. The old Haber building was gutted and had an additional story added to it. It is beautiful.

It would seem that the Oakhill facility has ample space, good parking, and is centrally located with good access from I-680. In the long run, it may prove out to be a good move but it is currently chomping up money.

All that being said, however, with 73 indictments, it seems like the prosecutor recognized the pattern of corrupt behavior by some elected offcials. It sure doesn't seem proper that an elected office holder would have private discussions with an individual that has a lawsuit filed against the county. Once again, the Cafaro fingerprints are all over a case and they will walk away clear or with a slap on the wrists.

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25Mahcntyvoter(30 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Censorship, grants are already sitting there for us to get. Would you rather another community benefit from it than ours. That is a pretty dumb statement. All the sudden this building is a money pit????? Cafaro's building wasn't a money pit????? Why because Cafaro was benefitting from it?????? Mahoning Valley Hospital and others occupied this building prior. Why wasn't it a money pit then???? Because Cafaro didn't lose out then???? This isn't about money it is all about the loss of control!!!!! Cafaro and his people are losing control and son't like it. get a brain people. Grants aren't good for are area???? seriously???? So basically we pay into these grants and you think we shouldn't benefit from them. Which politician are you????? Your thoughts are why we are having these issues to begin with or do you just want to detour the arguement because your "money pit" arguement has no backing if people realize the truth that most of these upgrades are from grants not our immediate taxes in Mahoning County???

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26mrblue(1059 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Well well well, is anyone really surprised by all of this? Corruption is still running wild in Mahoning County. Will it ever end? Not as long as the same people keep getting re-elected.

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27erbeil(5 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

How is this republicans' fault? (as some people have clamied). This valley has been solidly blue for the last 40 years and the Dems still manage to blame someone else for their mistakes.

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28erbeil(5 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

‎"When it all crashes down....and you break your crown...you point your finger but there is no one around" - Metallica

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29notMahCtyres(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Yes, Oakhill was a bad purchase and it is a money pit. Garland Plaza was a saftey hazard, a money pit (if the county fixed stuff) and most likely a bad contract deal. Either one was lose, lose. I am curious as to why people don't question how it came to be that the Oakhill building was a bad purchase for the county before when Mr. Tablack was Auditor, which is an elected position, and then all these years later and more dilapidated then ever, it became a good purchase after Mr. Tablack returned from his retirement & so called short career in Florida to hold a non elected position of authority, which, behind closed doors of course, rules the commissioners . Things are not always as they seem people of Mahoning County. Two of those commissioners were all for Mr. Tablack’s return and probably wouldn’t go to the bathroom without his consent. He is practically able to give himself a raise and perks anytime he wants on his six figure salary. And isn’t it funny how the finger pointing and name calling all started up again when his idea was openly opposed. Maybe everyone is looking into the wrong closets and under the wrong rugs.

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30najjjj(106 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

For as long as I can remember the Cafaro name has been synonymous with dirty dealings. It has nothing to do with party affiliation. Quite simply they are a family crime syndicate. Sheesh, my orange juice was sour this morning, darn democrats.

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31Silence_Dogood(1383 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Dear Vindy staff could you please do one simple thing, ask Timmy Ryan how much money he has recieved from the Cafaro's over the last decade. Then would you please print that info in the paper.And one other thing, that would be ALL monies, including that which comes in envelopes.

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32ytownredux(117 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

At long last there are people making sense here. If people would research and not just live in an echo chamber of what they hear, they would realize that although the Oak Hill decision was probably rushed, it was the best decision at the time and probably will be the best in the end. Calling it a money pit is way to premature. Do you understand that since Oakhill was bought, we have SAVED a million and a half dollars in rent to the Cafaros, SAVED whatever rent we paid for the Coroner was paying to Southside when they owned OakHill, SAVED whatever utilities we were paying at Cafaro's while there was a leaky roof, etc.

Do you remember when Oakhill was purchased there was a 5 million dollar Bond put up for renovations and that we havent even spent all of that money yet. The money pit is a lie, and once ALL county entities are moved there and not paying rent to other buildings, it will be even better. Think for yourselves people, do not listen to the lies.

Finally, this isn't even about whether Oakhill was a good or bad decision, the indictments are about what was done by county officials with those that had a vested interest in keeping a county agency in their dilapidated cash cow building. It is not illegal to oppose a purchase, but the things you do to oppose a purchase can very well be illegal. The Grand Jury is not stupid people, there were 5 months out of these people's lives that they considered everything that was presented. They were not led by anybody, but took time and listened to all evidence that was presented and thought (unanimously at that,) that what they heard was criminal and should be brought to a trial. Get over it.

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33madman(50 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

this is why youngstown is the way it is . we need to start voteing them out and go back to voteing on everything thay try to do

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34candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Didn't the Mayor of Bell,California once own Oakhill?

Lol

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