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Newton Falls mayor recalled

Published: Fri, November 5, 2010 @ 12:04 a.m.


Newtown Falls Mayor Patrick Layshock

By Ashley Luthern



City residents voted in a new mayor Thursday night during a special election, recalling the previous officeholder by a margin of only 26 votes.

The unofficial final result from the Trumbull County Board of Elections was 526 voting for the recall of Mayor Pat Layshock, who has served as mayor for most of the last 18 years, and 500 voting against it.

Lyle A. Waddell was elected the new mayor with 352 votes, beating out Tarry A. Alberini and Ronnie L. Cross, who garnered 269 and 106 votes, respectively.

“There’s a big division in the community, but the majority of the citizens voted and want to go a different direction. They want to stop the bickering and fighting and bad publicity we’re getting,” Waddell said.

He added that he wants to put a “fresh face” on the city.

“I‘d like to get things back to where things are supposed to be with the mayor doing the jobs of mayor: running the [council] meeting, instead of debating and the other happenings. ... Council needs to do their job and do their part. They need to spend the money of the city very wisely,” Waddell said.

Layshock said the citizens’ voice was heard.

“I serve at the pleasure of the people, and the people decided by 26 votes to make a change. I wish my successor and city of Newton Falls nothing but the best,” he said.

Throughout recent years, Layshock has been the subject of public scrutiny. In April, a Trumbull County grand jury refused to indict him over allegations that he hindered the efforts of a Newton Falls ambulance responding to an emergency call.

In 2009, he filed several lawsuits in Warren-based courts to be restored to Newton Falls mayor, after resigning the job and later rescinding the resignation.


1Rosewood11(9 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Thanks be to God!!! I know some people in this community, and it has been nothing but bickering and in-fighting for almost 20 years. No matter which side of the situation you agreed with (and I have my own feelings on that), no one in their right mind would want to live in what could be a lovely little town because of the constant ill-will and tension. Hopefully, now there will be peace, and Newton Falls can regain it's reputation for being a good, quiet place to raise a family.

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Hey Vindy ! You should go to Salineville,Ohio and talk to Their Mayor and Council people. The mayor was charged and plea-ed NO-Contest to stealing off of North Folk Southern Railroad and then elected Mayor of Salineville. Also the Mayor is in Court again for not paying his State Income Tax for his Automobile repair service. Which he charged his customers for! The council is always fighting and not communicating with it's citizens. What's really funny the Mayor is a Mason and so are Three of the six council people. Just a CULT CONFUSED in this town! I think it's time to do away with all small Government and move it to the County Seat! Though their are Cults there too! "Are you Traveling brother"!

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3Rosebud8(22 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

OK Newton Falls, Do you think this is going to help, he still has his 3 puppets in office and he will run them, so he will still be running the city behind the scenes, Good Luck to all of you, but I don't see any change here, so what if he doesn't run the meeting, he will still be running them.

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