@UticaShale, just so I'm clear on this . . . the City and County are unable to enter into these lucrative mineral leases because the land bank(s) are not clearing title to enough or any of the abandoned properties? You seem very knowledgeable about the oil and gas industry. Do you have an estimate on the amount of forfeited dollars because of the lease withdrawals?
July 18, 2012 at 10:47 a.m.
Phil, thank you for your service in this endeavor. Even though the mayor and council have treated this as nothing more than an instrument to push through their personal agendas, you and the fine people who sacrificed much time and effort with the committee have shown the voters of Youngstown, including myself, what a farce this really was. We should not let this go. We'll take it the petition route. I hope that Phil is the first signature on that petition.
UticaShale, can you elaborate on what the City did, or failed to do, as the case may be to lose funding for the mineral rights offers?
July 17, 2012 at 10:42 a.m.
cmanknowsall, do you have information that the results of those races were fixed or changed? The Gains race was extremely close and somewhat confusing in light of the big lead his opponent had with the absentee votes. Being from the Mahoning Valley, I wondered if something dirty happened there.
June 5, 2012 at 10:48 a.m.
I can't believe the nerve of Judge Kobly and Sarah Brown-Clark. It is my understanding that the Safe Surrender Program has been a very successful program. What an opportunity to safely dispose of cases without putting officers at risk. But no, these nit wits put their egos ahead of what's good for the community. They have embarassed themselves, the Attorney General and all of Mahoning County.
May 30, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
dd933 needs a reality check. Let me break this to you. Rome is burning! Who cares about low-level misdemeanors!?! The city is in deep, deep trouble. If it wasn't for V&M, the City would probably be under state watch. Mayor Sammarone is prone to make rash and/or political decisions without thinking it through.
April 6, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.
Talk about poor decisions from Mayor Sammarone. Bending to political pressure to launch an investigation into PERSONAL cell phone records (not a city phone) that aren't proved. Fire Macejko anyway and blames it on poor management. The hot head calls a press conference, insults the press and storms off. Hires a female colleague to supervise Bassil Ally. Do you really think that he will listen to a woman or anyone for that matter? He knows that he's untouchable and, therefore, will be impossible to supervise. He's probably on the phone with his lawyers wondering why he didn't the job. Good luck with this, Attorney Lantz. You've just been "promoted" into a position where it will be impossible to succeed.
April 6, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
It's becoming more and more clear to me that Bert is shilling for Paul Gains. If the kid didn't send or receive the text, then why would he resign? I sure as hell wouldn't accept responsibility for something I didn't do. And as I recall it was Bert who did everything in his power to make this into a campaign issue, even going so far as predicting a "landslide" victory for Gains before the polls were closed. What a moronic and, as usual, inaccurate thing to say? Guess Macejko is Bert's new Jim Traficant.
April 1, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.
This is obviously politics at its worst. The kid denied sending or receiving the text, but it mysteriously gets released by a Gains' supporter 2 weeks before a close election. It's known as an "October Surprise". You can't fire the kid for one of Leo Jennings' lies.
March 29, 2012 at 9:36 a.m.
Last week, I read the story about Julius Williams' family. We just didn't get justice. The victim's sister said they weren't aware of the plea bargain. Now I read this story - 6 years for 3 lives?!? It's appalling the lack of compassion or value of human life shown by this prosecutor. Gains doesn't care. It will only get worse. I say we recall him.
March 28, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.
I aplaud the efforts of the Engineer and Trumbull County at reducing waste and abuse of tax dollars and I thank them for their honest assessment of the results. I am all for the devices, however, I am perplexed that they were "somewhat shocked at the abuse." Taking 2 hour lunches and running personal errands on county time can't be good for productivity. One would think that someone at the top should have an idea of how many jobs should get done by an honest 7 1/2 hours per employee. Heck, they didn't even know how long it took to get to the job site. To me, this signals an employee AND employer problem. Either it's inadequate oversight, insufficient understanding of the operations or they just don't care.
March 21, 2012 at 1 p.m.