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Is Prosecutor Macejko speaking for Mayor Williams?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published February 5, 2011

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When Youngstown City Prosecutor Jay Macejko sent out a press advisory to this writer and others announcing his press conference Friday aimed at Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains, he used his official City of Youngstown Law Department/Office of the Prosecutor stationary. On the letterhead is listed Mayor Jay Williams.

Use of official government property suggests that Macejko had the permission and support of his boss, the mayor, to publicly criticize Gains for granting exorbitant and average pay raises to some of his employees.

Thus the question: Has Williams thrown political caution to the wind and decided to go after another elected official for his spending decisions? If he has, the mayor had better be prepared to have his own hiring and staff compensation decisions put under the microscope. For instance, his administrative assistant, Jason Whitehead, is making quite a huge salary because he is also serving as head of the park and recreation department. The salary might be justified, but in a city that’s on its financial knees and has a population that is largely on fixed income — Social Security or welfare — any government salary over $45,000 (the median income for a family of four) is exorbitant. By the way, the mayor pulls in more than $100,000.

It’s one thing for those in the private sector to question the salaries, benefits and raises of public employees (as this writer has done for many years), but it’s quite another for one public official to question the spending practices of his peers.
There aren’t any angels in the public sector.

If Mayor Williams did not give his prosecutor permission to go after Gains, then Macejko’s misuse of government property does become an issue.
We need to hear from Hizzoner.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

For some starnge reason I dont think this is the first time a press release from an elected official in Mahoning County was done on tax-payers time in regards to a pending political race.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

The taxpayers of Mahoning County are resilient and can take whatever is dished out .

1. (of a substance or object) Able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed.
2. (of a person or animal) Able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.

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3LongArmODLaw(22 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

You must be joking, you are claiming his department stationary as an abuse of government property? The last time I looked he is the City Prosecutor-why would he not use stationary stating the same. I am embarrassed for you in the writing of this article.

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41970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Did Macejko send out letters bashing city for not properly completing grant applications for fed $$$$ or when city did not bother to apply for race to the top education money?

Would be nice if the city prosecutor focused on the city.

I went from thinking it would be great to have a viable alternative to Gains to thinking it will just be more of the same regardless of who wins.

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5Nom_De_Plume(59 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Is this really you, Bert, or are you letting Paul Gains ghost write for you?

Are you serious about this? Talk about trying to create an issue where there is not one. For the last few election cycles, you and this paper have railed against Gains waiting for a real challenger to go against him. When one possibly appears, the first thing you do is try to accuse him of misuse of government property? Seriously? For a press release?

The last time I checked, he was the City Prosecutor. Plus, Gains brought him and his office into the debate. He's allowed to respond. The rest of your drivel concerning Jason Whitehead is just a cheap shoy. As for City finances, they are not laying off law enforcement, running departments less than 5 days per week, or giving massive unjustifiable raises.

Stick to the issue!

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6saddad(651 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

For the first time in my long life Mahoning County has a Prosecutor that is not a disgrace. You have never heard about Paul Gains selling plea deals as was the case at times in the past. Youve never heard his ethics seriously challenged in any way. Rather--you have seen a national tv show note how the mob wanted him shot because they knew he could never be bought. So ya--you should throw him out-that would be brilliant. Macejko should just hold his britches rather than take cheap shots at the guy that gave him a job.

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7saddad(651 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

When you look at previous challenges to Mr. Gains and who was behind them, that isnt a group I'd be in any hurry to join. Could Mr Macejko have been forced to say what he did? Bert might be on to something. Unbelievable.

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8ipaidattention(68 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Here's the underlying message. People claim to hate Paul Gains for his alcoholism, unlike others in the public eye, Paul took care of that without issuing a press statement. A notable thing. I think that this is going to be a huge issue for the Democratic Party in Mahoning County. Betras made Jay Williams become a "democrat" despite his actions always being so moderate. The fact is, Jay Macejko is likely funded by the same crooks who funded Marty Yavorcik. Not only that, look at how many DUI's from the city get dropped to wreckless op, Jay definitely has a failing track record, and anyone with a brain will not support him. I hope that his connection to Jay Williams makes the party prove that they are a deciding factor, not the Chairman, and not MAyor Williams, represent the people of your precinct, the vast majority of which are outside the city of Youngstown, and don't want to fall back into it.

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9computer_rick(137 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

"The Draught House", or as it used to be known, "County prosecutor's Office Annex".

Ha! Ha! I love that joke!

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10Nom_De_Plume(59 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Why does there have to be a conspiracy theory? Couldn't it be that a possible candidate has decided to seek a public office for which he is highy qualified? Couldn't it be that, like so many others - including this paper! - he is sick of Gains' nonsense?

Last time I checked, Macejko had not formed a committee or designated a treasurer and has not accepted money from anyone.

As to the post above about a "failing track record," I have yet to see it. Macejko runs a tough office and always seems to be at the forefront on major issues facing the city. Funny, I remember him doing the same thing some time ago to make Gains look good.

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