LOL seriously? The ads run by the Democratic Party in recent history are far more offending and inflammatory than anything Ridder posted on his Facebook. Look no further than 2012.
For all of those calling Sammarone a racist--it must be nice to have never held a racist thought or a preconceived idea about anyone or anything. How nice it must be to be you, being so pure in your thoughts at all times. Because calling a person a racist is a charge of last resort, and I bet most of the people on here making that accusation aren't as pure as they'd lead you on to believe.
April 18, 2014 at 4:12 p.m.
Intel--your problem is a Democratic one, not an Italian one. There were plenty of Irish, Slovaks, and Greeks who have gone down here over the years. Kerrigan, Cronin, Polovischak, Fergus, Belinky, Xenakis and Tsgaris to name a few. Sure there were Italians but come on, to say they were the whole problem is kind of a stretch.
April 10, 2014 at 8:48 a.m.
Her peers in an anonymous survey process found her UNQUALIFIED, like she was found 6 years ago. When people in her own profession can't support her why on earth should the rest of us?
April 10, 2014 at 7:38 a.m.
So is that supposed to hurt my feelings? I've fought for good government for a long time here. Unfortunate it has fallen on deaf ears. But if you think Maruca is not connected to Betras (and that doesn't mean they have to be friends) you must be pretty naive. And judging by your inability to look past the surface of things politically, you probably don't know your @$$ from a hole in the ground.
April 7, 2014 at 8:36 p.m.
I think you are Jailbirds93 for this reason. That individual also used the " demotion of the Kernal" reference and the same confusion between kernal and colonel exists. So either that is one hell of a coincidence or you two are one in the same.
Maybe you are Betras, maybe you aren't. But doth protest too much and you sure like defending the guy.
Maruca's leaving the law firm is irrelevant. But this story was alive long before this probate race began. I doubt Sammarone started this years ago in anticipation of an indictment of Mark Belinky.
April 7, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.
Or should I call you Jailbirds93
April 7, 2014 at 1:44 p.m.
Figment of Sammarone's campaign? The only person in town who would say that is Dave Betras. Is that who I am speaking to?
April 7, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.
Todd, thank you for allowing this story and thank you to Pete Miliken to putting the time and due diligence in . I know I have been critical of some of the Vindicator staff (and certainly your editorial board), but when you guys do right I will tell you that. Good job. I've known you've had the salary data since January and I'm glad your staff decided to act on it.
I hope you guys do some follow ups on some of these departments. Again, good job.
April 7, 2014 at 7:01 a.m.
Maloney was a far worse judge than Mark Belinky. Even on Belinky's worst day the probate court was much easier to navigate than dealing with that crackpot.
But in regards to the "recommended" given by the Mahoning County Bar Association, maybe the lawyers kept that fact in mind despite Belinky's shortcomings. Sammarone doesn't have as much experience, and the Maruca-Betras connection is one that is a little disturbing and we still don't know that whole story.
But the fact they lumped Maruca in with Hanni and Engler as "not recommended" sends a pretty strong message. And to recommend someone currently under investigation over the endorsed Democratic candidate shows somewhere along the way Belinky must have done right in how he ran his court as opposed to those before him and those currently in line for that seat.
April 7, 2014 at 6:53 a.m.
Will the Youngstown Business Incubator be purchasing the building from The Vindicator at a price based on the current value or after the value of the improvements?
The taxpayers deserve to know the answer, because if The Vindicator is profiting off the dime of the taxpayer, I think the beacon ought to be shown on this. You can be bet that we will be checking.
The current value of this property as listed by the Mahoning County Auditor's Office has it listed as $384,820. If we see this building go for a significantly higher price because of these improvements thanks to the taxpayer's generous investment, you can be sure we will be doing our homework on what exactly happened on this deal.
March 30, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.