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Mayor Sammarone: I won’t fire, discipline Macejko



Published: Sat, February 25, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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

Sammarone said Friday he wouldn’t even consider taking any action against Macejko 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 provides the messages and the Obama text is among them, the mayor said he’d have a three-member panel investigate the matter.

That panel would include city Law Director Anthony Farris, Jonathan Huff, executive director of the city’s Human Relations Commission, and a member of the police department’s internal affairs office.

Sammarone said only after that investigation is completed would he make a decision on whether something improper occurred.

Gains has called for Sammarone to fire Macejko and Bret Hartup, an assistant city prosecutor. Documents given to the media by Scott Cochran, an attorney and Gains’ supporter, include the Obama text message.

Cochran is the lawyer for the Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown, which is seeking to unseal documents in a settled lawsuit between the city and Bassil Ally, an assistant city prosecutor, who sued for discrimination. Ally received a $110,000 lump sum and promotion that includes a $4,000 annual raise.

Sammarone dismissed the documents as “nothing official.” He added, “You need the facts to make a decision.”

Sammarone said the controversy has not been a distraction. He said he told Macejko, ‘I hope there’s not a problem.’” Macejko has strongly denied writing or receiving the text.


Comments

1Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Hey Mayor, take a look at the docs listed in this web page.. It will wake you up on What a liability Jay is!

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

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2gunr(49 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Please remember the incident when three Youngstown Police officers participated or permitted racial slurs over the police car loudspeakers while in the projects. If I remember correctly, one was fired and the others got six month suspensions. The city should be consistent when racial slurs are used between any two city employees and they have a joke about it. Obama would never stoop to what these two idiots think is funny. They should not be receiving income from we taxpayers. Come on, Mayor, do what's right! I don't really care what happens in politics in Youngstown but as a resident, I don't want my tax dollars to subsidize racial jokes and comments. Mr. Weaver has provided legal documents above. They speak for themselves.

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3johnyoung(241 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months 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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4johnyoung(241 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

BillWeaver480,

Great research!

Everyone in Mahoning County should examine the documents contained in your link prior to casting their vote.

If and when these documents are officially released by the federal Court, Macejko is toast, and deservedly so!

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5redvert(2064 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

gunr wrote "Obama would never stoop to what these two idiots think is funny."

But obowser will stoop to bow to one of his superiors such as a Saudi King

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6f2_12...

You must be so proud!

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6praxis95(51 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The web site is a self promotion and does not prove anything except that a definite employee got away with insubordination.
As for the text message no one has explained or provided any analysis as to how the text is any thing but an unflattering criticism of a presidents policy.

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7AAA111bbb(3 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

1) Ally sued Gains, too...so WAKE UP! He also sued Jay Williams and more. City insurance co. just appeased him to get on with life and keep costs down. That's how he got the $.
2) Macejko's INTENTIONS were to fire Ally, but he did not. So...quit twisting facts by saying he did.
3) Hey math buffs: Macejko = 14 yrs. exp. vs. Gains = ZERO yrs. exp. when he was elected.
4) It's too late to smear Macejko. He's already been endorsed by everyone but Santa Claus....Maybe next time.

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8Caliber380(41 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

AAA Please provide the proof that Ally sued Gains, Yes he named Williams in that suit- but Williams was removed by the courts, just the city AND JAY MACEJKO were the defendants. Jay Macejko is still listed as a DEFENDANT. So Show your PROOF! Jay is a Racist Bigot Period! You watch, he will be fired by the city!

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9kensgirl(601 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

AAA111bbb - Gains had plenty of experience. First by working the streets as a Youngstown Police Officer then years of experience working as an attorney. When was the last time Macejko took a bullet in the name of honesty??? Can Macejko SPELL honesty? He's a bit too swarmey for me - not to mention slippery. His ego is getting in the way of good judgement. God help this community if he's elected.

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10AAA111bbb(3 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Hey Judge Wapner, where's YOUR PROOF that Macejko is a racist bigot? That sounds like an OPINION to me. If it was a PROVEN fact in court, he would already be fired. Sounds like Ally cries wolf alot and people around the city don't take him seriously. He was huffy at everyone because he couldn't leave work early .

Caliber and Paulsgirl seem like they are heavily invested in Gains and don't do a good job of hiding it. Look, Macejko seems like he won't botch case after case in office, and that is what is really important. This smearing of Macejko is a result of Gains lacking REAL AREAS of interest on which to build his campaign .....................And yes, I already know have put my opinion in here.

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11Billweaver480(52 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

AAA, All one needs to do is look at the site, the documents show the truth.

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

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12AAA111bbb(3 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Actually, Bill, wanting to, and actually having the authority to, fire someone who shows up late for work , disobeys instructions of superiors, and then skips out earlier than necessary is two different things. Macejko did not fire anyone because he does not have the authority to do so. However, you would WANT to fire someone like that, too.
Even a sticky note with intentions does not fire a person. So, we will see tomorrow if the dirty politics of Gains has worked.

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