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Mayor Charles Sammarone has fired City Prosecutor Jay Macejko



Published: Thu, April 5, 2012 @ 11:44 a.m.
  Mayor Fires City Prosecutor

City Council members and influential community leaders endorsed Mayor Charles P. Sammarone’s decision to fire Jay Macejko as city prosecutor.
City Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th, said she is “100 percent” in support of the mayor’s decision to terminate Macejko.
“I think he had to. I don’t think he wanted to” fire Macejko, Tarpley said, adding that she considered Macejko a friend and was disappointed with the manner of his departure.
“I respect the decision. I think it’s probably in the best interests of the community and the prosecutor’s office,” said the Rev. Kenneth Simon, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church on the city’s South Side.

City Council members and influential community leaders endorsed Mayor Charles P. Sammarone’s decision to fire Jay Macejko as city prosecutor. City Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th, said she is “100 percent” in support of the mayor’s decision to terminate Macejko. “I think he had to. I don’t think he wanted to” fire Macejko, Tarpley said, adding that she considered Macejko a friend and was disappointed with the manner of his departure. “I respect the decision. I think it’s probably in the best interests of the community and the prosecutor’s office,” said the Rev. Kenneth Simon, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church on the city’s South Side.

YOUNGSTOWN — Mayor Charles Sammarone has fired City Prosecutor Jay Macejko.

No replacement has been named yet.

"The actions displayed in the prosecutor's office do not meet my standards," Sammarone said. "Starting Monday, there will be a new city prosecutor."

The mayor, however, said the replacement for Macejko has not been selected.

"He will not be employed any more by the city," Sammarone said of Macejko.

"The managing skills are not where I want them (in the prosecutor's office)."

The mayor announced the action this morning following an investigation by a three-member team consisting of City Law Director Anthony Farris, Human Relations Commission Director Jonathan Huff and Police Lt. Brian Butler.

The investigation stemmed from a federal religious discrimination lawsuit filed against the city by Bassil Ally, a Muslim assistant city prosecutor of Middle Eastern descent.

The city settled the case last fall without a trial, paying Ally a $110,000 lump sum and giving him a promotion and a $4,000 annual pay raise.

Among the many pieces of evidence in the case was an April 7, 2009, text message on the cell phone of Bret Hartup, an assistant city prosecutor, which made derogatory references to President Barack Obama.

Macejko insisted he didn’t send that text and didn’t see it until Feb. 13 of this year, and he suggested it might be spam.

The Obama message was a major issue in the March 6 Democratic primary, in which Macejko challenged County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains. Macejko lost by 561 votes.

Sammarone declined to answer questions as to whether there was any dishonesty with regard to any comments made about the Ally case.

Ferris said that Macejko did not resign, and the mayor noted that he will soon send Macejko a letter ending his employment relationship with the city.

Sammarone also said he has emphasized to all city employees the need for accountability and good management in all departments.


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1ipaidattention(68 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

we all know about the text!!! What did the mayor find?!?!?!

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2JME(801 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I didn't think Sammarone would have the cojones.

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3peggygurney(392 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

This is sad. I feel that they've gone way overboard in this firing.

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4ytownisajoke(31 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Sammarone is a coward. He refused to stand by a good man because he is afraid of losing the minority vote in the City. The city is a little less safe today..... The only people who should be out of work are Bert Desouza (who hides behind the 1st Amend) and his drinking buddy Paul Gaines (a classless scumbag). The truth will come out about The Mahoning County Prosecutors office soon enough. Then I want to hear what everyone has to say about this "honest politician". Karma is a tough thing when it comes back to bight you : )

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5cue(9 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Political moves in Youngstown are not without their consequences. Bassil Ally and his supporters have for now been satisfied.

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6UNCOMMONSENSE(366 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Ask the mayor why he disappears for several hours during the work day to workout at the gym when he is being paid $100K+.

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7espnlooop(24 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

BETTER NOT SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT O'BAMA or MUSLIMS!

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8rumppy(107 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

There is nothing wrong with the Mayor going to work out. It is healthy and keeps his mind sound. I work out myself on my lunch break. Matter of fact, a good racquetball, handball and squash game may be inorder. Give him a chance and let the man do the job he was hired to do.

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9vinglass(231 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The biggest problem I had with Jay was that I believed he was a Cafaro puppet, and they are the corruptors of the valley.

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10UNCOMMONSENSE(366 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

rumppy I have no problem with his "lunch break" but not when it is several hours. He is the one that states the need for accountability and good management.

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11ytownisajoke(31 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Cafaro...Hmmm, wonder why Gaines wanted the Oakhill documents sealed so badly.

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12JME(801 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Wasn't that Cafaro that wanted the Oakhill documents sealed?

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13jeepers(127 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I suppose if Jay was a republican he would have been hung by the neck on the square. Too bad you cant even joke anymore-stupid to put anything in writing[text message]. Hope the muslim guy does good work-he's got plenty of cash coming in now.Also,I'm GLAD the mayor is working out on anybody's time.He will use less sick time in the long run. Plus, his mind doesn't stop working while he is in a gym. He can make decisions while working out. BUT-just don't over do it-set a good work-example for others to follow-or don't call others on the carpet.

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14crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I believe the Mayor did NOT go far enough, the assistant needs to go also.

It is about time we have someone in office who will DO the job, the right thing. The soon to be former prosecutor lied one time too many. I am somewhat pleased by this turn of events, however, it should go further.

This is a good day for the political system in Y-town, let's hope the trend continues.

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15cue(9 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Is there any credence to the rumor that Bassil will have Jay's job on Monday?

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16noteworthy2(9 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Sammoron was a lazy useless teacher when he taught at Chaney.

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17johnyoung(241 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I have to hand it to him, the Mayor has not yet disappointed me with any of his decisions. This was a good one for the benefit of all concerned. He will likely let the new prosecutor deal with cutting Hartup loose. Another good decision would be to move Anthony Farris into the Prosecutor's position, and then move Anthony Donofrio from his deputy law director position to law director. They are both high quality individuals. Farris spent a number of years as an assistant in the prosecutor's office, and it seems that is where his greatest strengths lie.

While there should be no satisfaction in seeing anyone loose their job, Jay brought this on himself. If he would have just publicly admitted his transgressions from the beginning and sought forgiveness, his firing may have been avoided. Although he won't say it publicly, I think what annoyed the Mayor the most was Jay's constant denial of any wrongdoing.

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18Mahcntyvoter(30 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Sad. If I was a county worker in the jail and was Christian I would request every Sunday off to go to church. If you bend over for the Minority, you have to bend over for the majority or it is DISCRIMINATION!!!!!!!!

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19peggygurney(392 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

And if, just IF, he didn't send the text as he claims? Why would he admit to it?

I'd like to know who leaked the text message. Someone with an ax to grind, undoubtedly.

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20USMC0331(150 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Mahcntyvoter

Couldn't agree more!!

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21Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

MMMMM
I think they all live in Boardman

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22crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Wasn't Ally using his LUNCH time to attend services? I thought I read that somewhere. I think that if you are a Christian and are required to work when your religion was having services, allowances would be made for you to attend - probably using a lunch hour, etc.

This was about more than just attending religious services, read the facts.

I also believe that the Mayor would not make this decision without having SOLID proof of what the 'soon to be former' prosecutor did. The Mayor is just doing his job.

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23dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Why are individuals so quick to blame the Cafaros? Is it that people are just jealous of their wealth?

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24CountryGirl51(197 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I am happy with his decision ! I think with everything that has transpired, it was the right thing to do !

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25JME(801 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

"Why are individuals so quick to blame the Cafaros?"

Probably because the Cafaros have a very difficult time understanding the "conflict of interest" concept.

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26jfgiancola(157 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The fact of the matter is that Jay did something very wrong and deserves the punishment he received. Only an idiot or a fool would put something derogatory in a text message, tweet, or email. His job was to prosecute criminals and from what I've seen he didn't do a very good job. In my opinion Mayor Sammarone did what had to be done and I have no problem with it.

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27grand4dad(196 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

johnyoung, I agree with your post. If he would have just acknowledged from the beginning and apologized for what he did, he may have been able to take a lesser punishment. I'm always amazed when people hang on so long professing their innocence. Then it usually all comes out in the end and we find out they are guilty as he**. We all make mistakes. Man up and admit when you've done wrong, then apologize and try to correct the situation and learn from it.

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28pwhite1027(106 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Good job Mayor.

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29anothermike(211 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Anyone actually think a lawyer is going to "acknowledge" any wrong doing needs to listen to Aerosmith...."Dream on.....

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30Tomjoad(3 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

It's the coverup that gets you, not the crime.

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31gingerspice(115 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

"What's done in the dark will come to light!" Is this the prosecuter that also has a suit against him for firing an employee that developed breast cancer and she lost her health benefits??? Some call it "karma". Others know it as "you reap what you sow." Do unto others as you would have others do unto you! Nevertheless, Jay still needs our prayers!

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32Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Oh come on people... Jay is a nothing but a liar... want to see some of the files. now unsealed... read the post on My site and come to your own conclusion.

http://sites.google.com/site/billweav...

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33crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Billweaver480:

you sure have a lot of info on your posted link, and the former prosecutor still says these events are all political?

I just can't believe he is trying to blame his loss (whether from the election or his 'position as city prosecutor') on the political undercurrent these last few weeks.

Is he living in 'another world'?

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34ytownisajoke(31 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

You speople are misising the boat. Go back and reread the oak hill articles-google paul gains and oak hill. You will see it was paul that wanted the documents sealed. You will also see that gains did not want to release his phone,cell, text messages or calendar. What is he hiding.... Billweaver-where is your website about gains-or are you one of his buddies

Also-why is no-one talking about atty Cochran and how his DUI disappeared right before the election. Ironically he was one of Paul's biggest fans. Wonder why : ) it will all come out soon enough. Hope you all enjoy the one sided view that you receive from the vindy. Y-town is a little less safe today. Very sad........

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35JME(801 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

ytownisajoke:

"Judge William H. Wolff Jr., the visiting judge who presided over the now-dismissed Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal-conspiracy case, has scheduled a hearing on the defendants’ motions to seal the case records from public view."

http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/aug/25...

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36ytownisajoke(31 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

http://www.wfmj.com/story/13835584/pr.... What is Gains hiding?

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37ytownisajoke(31 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/may/10.... Paul-show us the documents so that BIllweaver can post them on his website.

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38Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Y-town, it's obvious that they aren't public records... Not like Macejko's / Ally records. Also Cafaro's attorneys can make accusations all day long, but I don't see where there is any proof of wrongdoing on Gains part.

If you have proof I suggest you contact the attorney general.

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39ytownisajoke(31 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

In due time. Oakhill will be just one of the items that the AG will be looking at along with the disapearance of a DUI and alleged sexual misconduct of an attorney in the county prosecutors office. But I have a feeling that you already know all of this Billweaver....

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40Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Y-town, speculate all you want, I only post the truth with docs to back it up.

http://sites.google.com/site/billweav...

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41Buckatty(1 comment)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

This is Atty. Cochran. I assume what ytownisajoke is talking about is a case in which the charge against my client was dismissed because the trooper did not show up on the day of the trial. He showed up late after the case was dismissed. The charge was refilled and is still pending now.

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42dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

The facts are out, there is not doubt, cleaning house threw out those who thought they had clout.

Whatever you call this 'political housecleaning' , the two individuals removed from the Prosecutor's Office, earned their removal by NOT being fair. I don't think they were serving for fairness and justice.

Maybe ALL past cases they've handled, for people that were found guilty or for cases still pending, should be looked at again, with a magnifying glass.

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43praxis95(51 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Explain how a 14 year employee and the first assistant to Macejko is taking the prosecutors office in a new direction?

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