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Youngstown council reviews harassment allegations against DeMaine Kitchen



Published: Wed, October 2, 2013 @ 10:47 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

City council members met behind closed doors to discuss recent allegations by one of their employees that she was sexually harassed on and off since January 2011 by DeMaine Kitchen.

Kitchen, the mayor’s chief of staff/secretary and an independent candidate for mayor, strongly denies the charges and contends they are “politically motivated.”

The seven council members spent 30 minutes in executive session Wednesday with Council President Jamael Tito Brown, Mayor Charles Sammarone and Law Director Anthony Farris.

While some council members acknowledged the private meeting was about the claims made by Lyndsey Hughes, the city’s downtown director of events, special projects and marketing, who reports directly to council, they all declined to comment about what was discussed at the meeting.

Wednesday was the first time the lawmakers met since receiving a letter five days ago from one of three Cleveland attorneys representing Hughes.

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1Southside_Res(166 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

No matter the politics involved or posturing by Kitchen himself, there certainly sounds to be some veracity to these allegations. Kitchen doesn't have the integrity to stand up, be a man, and admit he committed some errors in judgment. I've said this a million times, it seems. I know this DeMaine Kitchen. He would never make a good mayor unless he radically changed his personality.

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2CongressWatcher(154 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Kitchen claims these allegations are politically motivated. Perhaps the timing of them are. But since Hughes outwardly supports John McNally, perhaps her earlier suspension was in retaliation to that support. The political motivation angle can be twisted both ways.

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3DwightK(1236 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Something tells me DeMaine isn't going to be DeMayor

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4rmzrez(114 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I did not know what happened and I guess nobody does except two people. But why is it discussed behind closed doors ??? If you believe it or you not believe it , most will never change their minds . But we should have the right hear what was discussed . COVER UP ????

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Anyone ask Mrs. Gatta how she feels about Lyndsey calling her husband 'his boyfriend?"

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6johnyoung(239 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

The fact of the matter is that Sammarone is a dinosaur from a different era. He has NO idea how women should be treated in the modern workplace. Hence his comment to Ms. Hughes to the effect "you are a pretty girl, what do you expect"?

The true disturbing issue here is that collectively the city knew there were harassment issues between the two parties long ago, and did noting officially to stop or address it. On that basis, if Ms. Hughes has any proof of her allegations, there will be a HUGE civil rights lawsuit coming the city's way, quite similar in concept as the Macejko-Ally issue of several years ago.

Since Sammarone fired Macejko, he should do the same to Kitchen and then step down himself if the allegations are in fact substantiated.

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7JS(584 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

All these allegations toward DeMaine Kitchen will not spur his wife to divorce him nor will it turn off any voters. The publicity will however drive more out on election day to vote for him. The chances are good that we may be looking at Mayor Kitchen come November.

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8JoeFromHubbard(976 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

@ JS:

It may not turn off any votes from the "low information voter" group.

It certainly will reduce votes from those who can think on their own.

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9123goz(512 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Councilwoman Annie Gillam, D-1st; her husband, Artis Gillam Sr.; and Councilman T.J. Rodgers, D-2nd; ....
Were they aware of any of this?

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10Rooster(78 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Hey folks, if this gets any worse, Betras won't even have to go to the trouble to put lipstick on that scamp McNally. Sad fact is, there's no reason to expect the Kitchen supporters to care about integrity any more than McNally supporters have. If being up to his neck in that Cafaro mess wasn't a dealbreaker for the McNally bunch, then Kitchen not paying taxes and accused of being a woman harasser isn't going to be a dealbreaker for his bunch, either. Problem here is the hyenas putting forth the candidates, period. That nasty twerp Betras brings out the worst in folks and that was a bad bunch to begin with. Poor old Looney Toon Crea wasn't the worst candidate by a long shot.

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