"Although there are members of council who cannot run for re-election next year because of term limits".
They will run their spouses, I hear Artis wants his job back when his wife leaves. Isn't that what they do in Youngstown? Hagan pulled that trick last election. These people just cannot walk away graciously.
Council has been stalling on reducing wards for years--this is and has always been about keeping their elected jobs.
August 28, 2014 at 6:45 a.m.
Please, for the love of God, for once talk about something relevant. How much do they pay you to write this crap? Give me the job, I'll write columns for the Vindicator for half of what they are paying you and actually make them relevant to something that happened in the last five years, not something that is and has been old hat since 1999.
For your sake Bertram I hope the Mafia does make a comeback so maybe you will be able to justify your job for a change.
July 27, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.
Once again, taxpayers were bilked out of 16 million for Oak Hill thanks to a certain prosecutor and two commissioners. John McNally and Sciortino in contrast are indicted for accepting legal fees, not even cash, for doing the right thing by being against the purchase.
Do the math, the wrong people were indicted.
July 2, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.
Only in America can you make a remark like Youngblood did and get rehired and someone else can get fired for having an opinion on gay marriage. What a place and what a sad commentary on the kind of crap we allow and disallow in this country. The double standards and hypocrisy that prevail are unbelievable, and most of it persists because of the left wing who in their quest for tolerance are so quick to trample on the rights of those who hold an opinion that is contrary to their own. Liberalism may be the greatest ruse we have going.
June 25, 2014 at 7:38 a.m.
So instead of moving to a new facility at a lower cost, Traficanti and Ludt moved from one run down building to another run down building, taking the taxpayers on a 15 million dollar ride.
BCI indicted the wrong people, and De Souza is an idiot for not realizing it. But let's worry about the guys who didn't want to be frivolous who did not take any money by the way. Let's not worry about the guys who made a very bad purchase with taxpayer dollars.
June 8, 2014 at 8:44 a.m.
I love your use of the word "impede" here. You make it sound like moving to Oak Hill was a good idea and McNally and Sciortino tried to stop it. You have actually been inside the place right? You do realize half of the building needs a complete renovation, a quarter of it is usable but in bad shape, and the other quarter occupied by the BOE, Titles, and Veteran's Services is the only good parts of the building right?
Let's do the math. Taxpayers get ripped off on a $15 million dollar acquisition that after three years is still in poor shape--and the fund for the building is broke, and a sales tax renewal goes down this year--not too good a situation here. McNally and Sciortino allegedly get some kind of legal services (not cash mind you, legal services which BCI cannot even put a fair value on) for "conspiring" to prevent the purchase of said building (which they maintained was a bad idea from the start), to which BCI claims a direct benefit was received (though what that exact benefit is remains to be explained). .
Who really are the criminals here? McNally and Sciortino for trying to block a bad deal, or Tablack and company who had a vested interest in spiting Cafaro despite the county reneging on the agreed upon terms that the county was responsible for fixing the roof at Garland.
May 16, 2014 at 12:39 a.m.
You know how Seinfeld is a show about nothing? This is a letter about nothing. This is old news, the Washington Post published this story on March 29th, and yet this writer decided to bring it up again for what reason or purpose I do not know--except to take a pot shot at Kasich over 1.) trying to convince a rich donor to give money (because Democrats never do that, right?) and 2.) a line from his speech taken out of context.
Why does the Vindicator give these people a forum to spout off such nonsense?
Here is the Post article: http://tinyurl.com/kt6umf2
May 15, 2014 at 7:09 a.m.
And that is the whole point. No one cares about how the taxpayers got screwed big time a few years ago, but everyone cares that the two guys who actually were against the purchase (who ultimately would have saved a boat load of money for the county) are the ones who got tagged in a BCI investigation.
While everyone is calling for their heads over these so-called corruption charges, the ones the taxpayers really should be angry at are the ones who facilitated the Oak Hill deal in the first place--not the guys who would have saved us money! Thanks to certain individuals, Mahoning County is now the proud owner of a building we overpaid for (and are still paying for) and the proud owner of a broke Oak Hill account.
May 14, 2014 at 8:34 p.m.
In case you were not aware, Sciortino and McNally were against the purchase of that building in case that was not clear.
May 14, 2014 at 7:52 p.m.
Chessie--Let's be objective here. You and I, with the rest of Mahoning's taxpayers, paid $16 million (that is being conservative since we're still paying for it) plus for a piece of garbage property (don't take my word for it, you should take a tour and see for yourself). This property was purchased to spite Cafaro, even though Mahoning County willingly entered into a contract that specified they were responsible for structural repairs to Garland Plaza, not Cafaro.
So instead of fixing the roof at Garland for a cost exponentially less than $16 million, the county spends your money and my money on this bat cave on the South Side which to this day is in dire need of repairs and renovations, even after that $16 million dollar expense.
And John McNally and Michael Sciortino are the ones we are indicting here? And you wonder why the sales tax failed this past week.
May 14, 2014 at 7:49 p.m.