Anyone who has known Chuck Sammarone longer than 10 minutes knows that he does not give anything to anyone, unless there is something in it for him. So the question is: What was he getting in exchange for the $4,000.00? In other words, what was the 'quid pro quo?
Since this matter involved a sitting Youngstown mayor, and a city employee, it is a no brainer that the matter should be referred to the Ohio Ethics Commission for further investigation. For McNally to say that he could not care less about it is just plain wrong. He and the City Prosecutor should call for a full investigation.
Given the Vindicator's cozy relationship with Sammarone, it will also be interesting to hear their editorial position on this.
March 8, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.
Sammarone "doesn't recall" the cash amount he gave to Kitchen? A little hard to believe.
I think if I gave someone $4,000.00, I would tend to remember it. Not exactly pocket change. Since he was an elected official at the time, and still is, what are the potential penalties? Can he be charged with ethics or election law violations?
And the Youngstown circus continues. Time to clean house, folks. Remember, both Kitchen and Sammarone come from the long-corrupt culture of city council.
March 7, 2014 at 11:32 a.m.
I just hope they use 50's and not pennies !
March 5, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.
"...the CIC will fill in the hole with money it will receive from the city for the Kress property sale".
Great writing, David. I hope they have a LOT of money, because that's a REALLY deep hole!
It's no small wonder that print media is going down the tubes. All the competent journalists have moved on to greener pastures.
March 5, 2014 at 6:39 a.m.
It is good to hear that Maureen is doing useful work within the community. She has a good deal of skill and talent that she is using to use to help people. That is exactly what she should be doing.
To all of those vindictive souls out there, if she was your sister or your cousin, or a close friend, would you be spewing such hateful words? She made a mistake, took ownership of it, paid the penalty, and now life goes on. While what she did cannot be excused, she does deserve forgiveness.
March 4, 2014 at 10:47 a.m.
There is a joke going around city hall that Mrs. Gilliam is holding out for the city to hire a mapping firm made up of her husband Artis, Jim Fortune, Bill Carter, and Herman Hill to do the ward redistricting. And that Sammarone can guarantee the contract for 10%.
Although this is just a joke, I wonder how far from the truth it really is?
February 4, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.
What an idiotic writing from the Vindicator's favorite small-minded columnist.
Whether you like or dislike the new Mayor, I think most people will appreciate his willingness to take on citizens' complaints face to face. To compare this process to an organized crime meeting is just absurd! Wrong Mayor, Bertram, he's already left the building (or at least the office).
I sense a hint of vindictiveness in the writer's tone. Could it be that Bertie is embarrassed over the outcome of the entire Oak Hill fiasco, and will spend the next 4 years trying to find something wrong with everything McNally does?
Bertram, you're reminding me more of Rush Limbaugh every day, except you're not nearly as entertaining!
January 19, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.
It is absolutely amazing to me why this story on a sign which essentially affects no one rates a spot on the Vindicator's home page, while a story about Youngstown's various non-compliance issues related to a state audit, which affects nearly every taxpayer in the city, is buried somewhere toward the end of today's local news.
Maybe Mr. Sweetwood could explain the Vindicator's logic, or lack thereof?
January 8, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.
The facts are that Youngstown's finance director has a long history of robbing Peter to pay Paul in order to make the bloated beast which is Youngstown city government appear solvent, when in reality general fund expenditures greatly outpace revenues; making Youngstown essentially bankrupt. Audit problems began to surface several years ago, however, when Peter's pockets ran dry, and the pockets of Matthew, Mark, and Luke were also raided by the finance director. (Matthew, Mark and Luke being the water, sewer, and sanitation funds).
These funds, which are by law supposed to be dedicated for use on functions for which they are collected, have been "creatively" albeit improperly used to prop up ill-conceived programs such as economic development initiatives and other pet projects and hirings of certain mayors and city council members.
This irresponsible fiscal practice has done nothing to make Youngstown a more viable community, and has resulted in artificially high water, sewer, and sanitation rates for Youngstown residents as well for water rate payers outside of the city limits. Has anyone looked at their water and sewer bills lately?
Youngstown politicians, both mayors and city council members alike, have blindly endorsed this practice for several reasons. First, none of them have been astute enough to actually read and understand the city's annual budget, which the finance director shoves in front of them and they blindly approve. Secondly, artificially propping up the general fund has allowed mayors and city council members to appear effective, when in reality they are merely passengers on a sinking ship. It's a perfect marriage, incompetent politicians look good, and the financed director maintains job security. The only problem is that the taxpayers and rate payers get shafted, especially Youngstown water customers who live in the suburbs.
It will be interesting to see what position newly elected Mayor McNally takes on these fiscal practices.
January 8, 2014 at 8:31 a.m.
December 19, 2013 at 4:09 p.m.