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Mayor to wait on deciding whether to discipline Macejko



Published: Fri, February 24, 2012 @ 11:51 a.m.

Mayor to wait on deciding whether to discipline Macejko

Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone said he has no intention of disciplining or firing city Prosecutor Jay Macejko.

Sammarone said today he wouldn’t even consider it unless several factors occur.

A derogatory text message about President Barack Obama has been attributed to Macejko or one of his assistant prosecutors in documents given to the media by a supporter of Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains.

Macejko, who is challenging Gains in the March 6 Democratic primary, says he didn’t send the text and never saw it until last week. It was supposedly sent in April 2009.

Sammarone said he won’t make a decision on information provided by a Gains’ supporter that has yet to be substantiated.

If a federal judge releases the text messages and the Obama text is there, the mayor said he’d have a panel investigate the matter. Sammarone said only after the completion of that investigation would he make a decision on whether something improper occurred.

For the complete story, read Saturday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


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1johnyoung(231 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Since Sammarone is one of the long-time democrat party faithful, his response is to be expected. He's certainly not going to do anything to hurt the chances of a party endorsed candidate, or to influence the results of the election. If Macejko wins, the Mayor's problem goes away.

However, if and when the federal court records are unsealed, the Mayor will have no choice but to take action. Someone from the city Prosecutor's office sent those texts or they would not have made their way into the discovery material for Ally's lawsuit. Again, Macejko is being his old disingenuous self when he says he has no idea where they came from. By doing so he is insulting the intelligence of every member of the community.

Macejko's now living on borrowed time until Judge Boyko makes a decision, which may or may not occur before the March 6 election. If the records are released-it's good-bye Jay! Now do we really want to elect a prosecutor with that kind of baggage?

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2Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

for Pete Sakes Mayor Sammarone - Your City Hired Attorneys have all of this documents for your confidential review - THAT'S NOT WHAT THE COURT SEALING PROHIBITED - YOU'RE COMPLICIT WITH THE DELAYING - MAYBE YOU JUST HOPE TO EITHER LOOSE MACEJKO TO THE COUNTY - that would be the easiest thing - But you better make sure it's a package deal with Hartup !!!!!!!!!

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3WC(8 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I think that we as voters have an unprecedented opportunity to truly know WHO it is that we are voting for. Jay has always been like a bit of a chameleon. He transforms himself to accomodate whomever he is talking to at the moment If you are a business owner ,he will work to encourage new business. If you are a victim of a crime....he promises to be your champion. Rarely do we get to see inside the man that promises to be that champion. But we do with Attorney Macejko....fried chicken and a dime bag. It was a joke among friends on private phones. So what...except that if we accept that as just a joke among friends and dont raise hell about it then we might have well said it ourselves. I am offended by those whose job it is to lead us if this is allowed to pass by

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4whit1980(10 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I completely agree with you BillWeaver! It's sad to think that Macejko is able to be in the position he is in considering what he's done to Bassil Ally... He seems to be a vindictive/discriminatory person and he still has power as city prosecutor to charge people...It's sad that what he has done seems to be okay with the mayor and his supporters. And it's scary to think of the power he would have if he were elected as county prosecutor. He should have no power over anyone or anything. I've just been waiting to see someone do the right thing, such as Sammarone or the democratic party and it seems that none of them can just do the right thing! It's not difficult people: If someone discriminates you fire them. Period.

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