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Trumbull commissioners ask Lewis to resign from port authority

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


In the wake of the uncertain status of the besieged Western Reserve Port Authority, Trumbull County commissioners have sent a letter to board member Scott Lewis asking for his resignation.

According to Commissioner Frank Fuda, Lewis has yet to reply.

The commissioners reappointed Lewis to a four-year term with the authority in December 2012.

Commissioners from Trumbull and Mahoning counties appoint board members.

Lewis received a public reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission last April after signing an agreement admitting a conflict of interest in a 2009 real-estate deal before the authority in which he represented one of the parties.

Lewis, vice president of a Warren and Youngstown real-estate firm, received more than $97,000 in commissions for brokering the sale of a building on the western edge of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport that the WRPA voted to approve. Though Lewis abstained from voting on the sale, he admitted actively participating in transaction discussions.

The authority oversees operations at the regional airport and participates in economic-development initiatives.

In signing the agreement, Lewis avoided prosecution and was not required to resign from the authority board. The commissioners think he should quit anyway, however.

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