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Youngstown council reviews harassment allegations against DeMaine Kitchen

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


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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1CongressWatcher(225 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months 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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2republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This is a watershed election for the city of Youngstown. DeMain Kitchen is PROFOUNDLY unqualified to be the next mayor. The only reason he is running is because he is black and is hoping for the black vote to put him in office and give him a job.

Let's hope that the black residents of Youngstown are not racist and vote for a man based purely on his skin color. I have high hopes that they see how unqualified Mr. Kitchen really is.

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3DwightK(1537 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Something tells me DeMaine isn't going to be DeMayor

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4rmzrez(134 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months 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 2 years, 9 months ago

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

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6lefty83(313 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Thats comment js is just downright off,its sexual harassment man,those people that vote for him must be totally ignorant.

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7JoeFromHubbard(1806 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months 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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8Rooster(80 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months 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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9mouse(112 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

What is it with you people?

Don't you have any thing better to do than to attack from the shadows?

Nothing but a bunch of cowards.....

Either speak out openly or get lost.....

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