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It's time to conclude JFS probe

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published March 27, 2010

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Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally was the most popular officeholder in the region Friday, but it wasn’t because of anything he did. Instead, McNally’s popularity was triggered by a rumor that he had been led out of the county Administration Building in handcuffs.

Reporters scrambled to try to confirm the rumor, but when they spoke to the commissioner they found out he was very much alive, well — and free. Indeed, the rumor took on such intensity that even Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras got into the act. Betras called McNally to ask if he was O.K. The commissioner assured him that everything was fine. He laughed about the reporters chasing after him.

But beyond what occurred Friday, there is a real issue at play: McNally’s name, along with those of county Treasurer Lisa Antonini, Auditor Michael Sciortino and former Treasurer John Reardon, have been mentioned as targets of an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation into the Job and Family Services relocation controversy.

The probe has been going on for more than a year and in the last several weeks a grand jury has been presented with evidence by a special prosecutor. The public has been anticipating indictments.

It is common practice for indictments to be announced on Fridays, which is why reporters gave credence to the rumor about McNally.

It’s time for the investigation to be brought to a close. It's unfair to the public officials, especially Sciortino, who is on the ballot this year, to keep the probe going indefinitely.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I like Sciortino and plan to vote for him but his or anyone else's name being on the ballot is no reason for this to end. However, I agree it has gone on too long and ultimately will be a waste of $$.

The only reason the public "has been anticipating indictments" is because the media has been promoting the idea that the indictments are coming. Otherwise the public wouldn't have any anticipation at all.

Hopefully the reporters who were duped into believing McNally was arrested will "out" their so called source for the scammer he/she is.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

These are the kind of people who want us to say yes to the 1/2% sales tax? The answer is NO to letting the crooked politicians waste our precious tax dollars like outlined in the JF&S probe. Tell McNally to resign and say NO to his crooked use of our taxes by not giving him any to waste. NO to the 1/2% sales tax increase which it would be now because the voters have already said NO once to the 1/2%.

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3sue(177 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Bertram, I've got news for you, investigations go along on their on timetable, not yours.

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41970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Why should McNally "resign"? He hasn't been charged w/anything.

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5Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Thank J.J. Cafaro for this fiasco as another of his " favors " to the valley tax payer.

The writer needs to be made aware that this case involves a key figure in regards to valley corruption,

Thus his myopic thought of " perception " and or inferred " unfair " impact on one of his friends who's on the ballot.

Is a seedy or senseless combination of trying to implore a rush to judgment. Coming at an angle thats slanted, stupid, trivial and moot in regards to how judicial investigations work and what this probe can possibly snare.

I can all but care less who made the decision to buck Cafaro out of the taxpayers pockets by purchasing Oakhill place.

Because purchasing Oakhill was unquestionably the right thing to do and if anyone was found to have greased their own palms to add to the cost,.. GET THEM !!!

But in regards to if there was any impropriety or conflict of interest to the benefit of the city and taxpayers. Between buying Oakhill as opposed to continuing to pay Cafaro in excess of $450,000.00 annually. As a ransom to lease that rat trap on the east side.

As far as I'm concerned there's no crime been committed in regards to comparison of structures and cost to now own as opposed to that fleece by lease.

So just like Cafaro bears no good will to the area. Thank goodness we all agree that the writer of that piece certainly doesn't speak for the community.

Let the investigation play out and respect that there's far more to the players involved than just who's in dispute about where Jobs and Family services relocated,..

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6bucknut2222(1 comment)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

$6,000.000 up to date on Oakhill
$400,000 in delinquent taxes
$80,000 a month heating bill
RFP's received to put in a new cafetaria while in a "Recession"


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71970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Sciortino didn't go to Ursuline. He graduated from Austintown Fitch.

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8HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Hey 1970mach1, the rest of them sure did go to Ursuline. Marcus also forgot all the Mooney grads that have embarrassed the valley with corruption. He also forgot other Ursuline grads.


and others.

There's something about that holy water.

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9Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago


It's a community service and I'm glad to contribute in a manner of putting things in proper perspective.

See scribes have agenda's just like everybody else and Bertram is no different.

However, I find it a disservice to the community when a mass publicized scribe tries their bias hand at tainting the pool.

See the viewership populous that reads this stuff are voters and jurors whom are vital, pivotal and decisive. Being the influences selected from the populous that reads this stuff.

Thus in way of hashing facts as opposed to fiction opposing positions of more insight has to be rendered as to avert a status quo campaign of cronyism print.

See Bertram may just be so enamored with his friends that he's making an honest mistake here.

Although on the other hand he could be making a conscious effort to sway opinion in a manner that's not just, sound nor in the best interests.

Of the citizens that wants justice done no matter how long it takes. Which is a posture Bertram doesn't share with us whom aren't playing buddy, buddy with nor posturing as " no proof yet " mouth piece.

For each and every one involved that needs to be duly found innocent or guilty for what they've done,.. with no partiality.

Which be it mistake or malicious intent the writer certainly postured as anything but opinionating as a citizen friend or impartial in spite of proclaiming to be aligned with citizens rights,..

Especially when his perspective and angle clearly bears such a different sway and promoting a rush to presumed innocence for his friends that he can't present,.. know what I mean?

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10Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago


Impressive reference,..

Also be it known that correlation isn't by irony nor mistake.

That's a historic who's who list of all time valley riff raff that can't be refuted not reasoned by any measure to be mere uncanny.

The only ones missing is the Debartolo owned badge bearing criminals like Chaney's own Ray T. Davis,.. the devils spawn himself.

Along with the likes a trilogy of Traficant treachery and and his obstructionist Charles O'Nesti,.. what a pair.

That along with a pathetic prop job Mayor Vukovich, a panhandling mob puppet in Philomena and a cast of corrupt judges like Leskovansky, Haynes, Morley, Kerrigan and Polly the frog.

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11valleytransplant(37 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I've been gone way too long I guess. What's the skinny on Paul Gambrel, Ursuline 1965?

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12joesmoe(48 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Go Mooney!!! I wonder how many crooks came from the city schools and are still active in local government?

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13valleyred(1102 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

People are simply jealous of Ursuline and all their success. Go Irish!

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