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Pay raises debated between Youngstown and Mahoning County prosecutors



Published: Fri, February 4, 2011 @ 5:30 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — City Prosecutor Jay Macejko may be challenging Paul J. Gains in next year’s Democratic primary for the county prosecutor’s job.

Although he hasn’t declared his candidacy, Macejko said he is considering running for that job and that, if he runs, it will be in the Democratic primary.

Gains, was has been county prosecutor since 1997, said he will run for a fifth four-year term as county prosecutor next year.

In a news conference this afternoon in front of the county jail, Macejko characterized Gains’ granting of raises to his assistant prosecutors in a prepared statement as “fiscal irresponsibility in these precarious economic times.”

He urged Gains to: “Do the right thing and rescind the raises.”

After Macejko’s outdoor event, Gains replied in his own news conference this afternoon in his office.

“Even with these increases [in pay], I have chosen not to fill 10 vacant attorney positions and I have not filled 14 support staff positions,” Gains said. “No money is coming out of any other department to pay these lawyers. We are doing more with less.”

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11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

What does Macejko have to do with the county prosecutor's office as of NOW?

And I sure hope he isn't doing this political campaign stuff on city time.

Enough already.

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2Nom_De_Plume(54 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

@ Mach1...

Obviously, he's not with the county at this point but he was for a long time. Most of the major cases that are bound over come from the city and, if they are mishandled by the county, Macejko's office ends up dealing with the criminals again.

Aside from that, he's dead on about the raises Gains gave. That was just stupid and Gains' reasoning doesn't hold water. His attempts to justify or defend the raises just looks bad.

This is setting up an interesting confrontation.

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31970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I too am APPALLED at Gains' staff pay increases. I just don't think it is proper for Macejko to be campaigning like this if it is on govt time. The election is still already a year away and started already.............Give us a break please. And besides, Gains is already shooting himself in the foot.

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4unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

NO DAMN PAY RAISES PLEASE. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTY WORKERS STILL LAID OFF. HAVE SOME RESPECT..............

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@1970 Mach

Nominating petitions are due in early December 2011 for 2012 primary, so it's not to early for Jay. Gains and all other county officials campaign on tax payers time - so why shouldn't anyone else who needs to get some name ID?

Jay will probably be a target of a investigation by Gains, Barringer and Moderelli just because he dare speak out against Prince Paul.

Gains will lose to Jay ( and Tony Traf will lose to yet unknown challenger) - especially when the facts of the Oakhill boondoggle come out during the trial. Not that Gains and Tony did anything illegal - but how much that money pit is and going to cost the taxpayers will sink them much like the three commissioners who were defeated by Lodi, Reese and Engler for overspending on the jail.

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6TeresaB(82 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Personally, I am glad they got the raises.

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7LongArmODLaw(22 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

This is appalling, Paul Gains should be ashamed of himself. The county cannot afford his extravagant raises and requests for outside counsel (I thought we elected him to represent the county). There are too many laid off Deputies who make only a fraction of those salaries. It is practices like this that allow criminals to walk the streets (1/2 the jail closed); Cadet Deputies make only 20,000 a year, lay off an 80Grand Prosecutor and bring back 4 deputies! Pay attention MCSO, is this who you want to vote for!

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8mrblue(989 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Comments from Gaines show that he is an arrogant individual. Does he even care about those laid off employees and the ones that took concessions? The commissioiners need to step in and put a stop to this.

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9almostthere(8 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I am not in favor of the Gains raises. I might feel differently if his prosecutors really deserved the money. I highly doubt most are deserving. He keeps saying he can't keep any good prosecutors due to salary issues. Maybe he should look at his piss poor leadership and see this is also contributing to their decision to leave his sorry office.

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10candystriper(575 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

stop feeding the lawyers ... follow what other cities like San Diego or Las Vegas are doing ... Police will no longer respond for shoplifting, burglary, bad check writing, theft ...

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11LongArmODLaw(22 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

At the press conference Gaines made reference to major cases prosecuted as though he created them; Nothing like masking the issue! It is disgraceful that he would attempt to take credit for all the hard work by the local PD's in preparing/presenting those cases. It is the police that bring these cases forward and we depend on them to properly follow through with charges which has been hit and miss at best.

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