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David Skolnick

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Law director rejects Youngstown councilwomen's measure to hire outside counsel

City law director is refusing the request for such legislation

South Avenue business owners look to reform merchants’ association

The association would ‘rejuvenate’ the area, says one supporter

Austintown man questions Youngstown residency bonus for civil service tests

Youngstown’s deputy law director says the bonus is legal.

Judge rejects motion to dismiss Yavorcik case, blasts attorney

Judge takes exception to ‘speedy trial’ issue in Oakhill proceedings

Judge criticizes the legal filing

Kasich picks New Springfield attorney to replace Evans

She takes over Oct. 2

Food services at Covelli still paying off for Youngstown

General-fund budget to get $89K

A city official is ‘grateful’ for the additional money

Youngstown council may be ready to reduce wards

The proposal would reduce the number of wards from seven to five

Youngstown settled two lawsuits

It will also pay the $50,000 deductible on a third unsettled lawsuit

Attorney for Oakhill conspiracy case defendant seeking dismissal

oakhill place case

Attorneys for the two other defendants plan to file motions to dismiss some counts in the indictment

Democratic candidate for auditor says state shouldn’t use public tax dollars to fund failing charter schools

Also criticizes incumbent auditor for not making those schools accountable

Anti-frackers are back for the fourth time with a charter amendment


Supporters of a plan to base the number of wards in Youngstown on population are looking to get on Nov. 4 ballot

Youngstown to install two splash pads including one in an area with the city’s lowest juvenile population

The park is popular with kids on the East Side, the city’s park and rec director said.

Youngstown mayor focusing on demos, blight remediation, code enforcement

The city is changing its online property monitoring system

Dems can’t find candidate to challenge Judge Sweeney

Party fails to get judicial hopeful after Hanni’s withdrawal

Party chairman said he’s not surprised

Last month tied for 7th coldest in Mahoning Valley

Only 1.1 degree warmer than coldest July

Judge Evans’ retirement delay keeps successor in for 2-plus years

Kasich’s pick to be Evans’ successor to complete 2-plus years left in term

The judge contradicts himself on the election being a factor in his delay

Republican nominee for Mahoning auditor quits race

Local party will select a replacement on Aug. 10

Plan to reduce Mahoning County voting precincts postponed to 2015

Delays from Youngstown’s ward redistricting slowed down the county board of elections’ effort

NJ Sen. Cory Booker keynote speaker at Mahoning Dem dinner

Tickets for the Aug. 22 event are $500 each

Landscaping at downtown Youngstown location could start as early as today

City board approved a $19,292 contract for work

Youngstown will reduce fire department staffing by 8 to save $1M

Taking 1 firetruck off road would eliminate 8 positions

The moves would save about $1 million a year

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Decision due today on possible Sciortino suspension

Despite deadline, panel could postpone ruling on indicted county auditor’s fate

There is a possibility of a delay

Replacement trees at an inner-city fruit grove will be planted Saturday

The founder is ‘nervous’ about the new trees also being destroyed

Youngstown council has endorsed a ward redistricting map

Council will vote on the map Monday

Mahoning Valley’s first compressed natural gas fueling station opened

The facility cost about $2 million

Youngstown OKs loan for Wick Tower project downtown

The Wick Towers project will cost about $16 million

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Youngstown mayor will ask council to approve new voting map

Election board’s plan on Monday’s agenda

Council meets Wednesday with the board of elections to discuss the proposed map

Strickland, Ryan try to live on federal minimum wage for week

The two support increasing the hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10

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The ‘Knock the Violence’ event attracted dozens of people

‘Knock Out the Violence’ event honors Valley victims, raises funds for Crimestoppers, Survivors of Our Grief

The event honored murder victims

The Covelli Centre expected a nearly $100,000 deficit in the second quarter, but made $577

$382K 1st quarter carries arena to its best 6-month start since 2005 opening

It had a record $382,593 operating surplus for the first six months of a year

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman tours the Lordstown General Motors complex

He praised the Chevrolet Cruze as a ‘world-class car’

Two finalists for a Mahoning County judicial seat are seeking the Democratic nomination

Democratic precinct committee members will meet Aug. 7, 8 or 11 to vote

Downtown Youngstown company looks to expand

City will give $50,000 to the computer-software business

Republican incumbent has huge financial lead over 6th District opponent

6th Congressional District race

He’s raised about three times as much as his challenger overall

Residents on a Liberty street won’t lose home mail delivery


Local postal officials made that decision without consulting the district office

Youngstown zoning board rejects request from thrift store

youngstown zoning

Store owner is considering a lawsuit

Eleven Democrats applied for the vacant Trumbull County commissioner’s job

The county Democratic Party’s precinct committee members will select a replacement on July 26

The design of a landscaping project in downtown Youngstown is expected next month

A city official is concerned about seating

McNally, Sciortino attorneys want grand jury transcripts

By DAVID SKOLNICK skolnick@vindy.com CLEVELAND Attorneys for Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally

Mahoning Dems set Friday deadline for candidates to apply for judgeship

The party will meet in early August to select its nominee

Mahoning Republicans recommend 3 for court position

The replacement could be named before current judge retires Sept. 1

Recommendations for a Mahoning common pleas court seat could be ready as soon as today

Democrats and Republicans have until Sept. 10 to select their candidates for Nov. 4 election

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Local pols: 2016 RNC in Cleveland will benefit all of NE Ohio


The Republican National Committee’s decision to have its 2016 convention in Cleveland will not only showcase that city, but all of Northeast Ohio and the entire state to the rest of the country, local politicians say.

Mahoning elections board redistricting map keeps all Youngstown council members

The mayor is ‘generally comfortable with this proposal’

Convicted probate judge Belinky to be sentenced today

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is recommending probation

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown calls for six-year transportation bill

Congress is considering only a six-month bill

Dem Garrison challenges Johnson to Congressional debates

The incumbent’s campaign manager says to wait until after Labor Day

Youngstown woman plans landscaping business at former Burkland building

She said she’ll invest $70,000 in the project

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Trumbull County Commissioner Paul E. Heltzel died after an extended illness

Commissioner described as ‘thoughtful, dedicated’

Colleagues remember him as thoughtful and intelligent



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