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WRITER: David Skolnick

Betras to Ohio Dem leaders: Resign

By DAVID SKOLNICK Staff writer YOUNGS-TOWN — David Betras hasn’t been Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman for 18 months and has been relatively quiet about Ohio politics during that time, but after the recent election, he went after the state party. Betras, who serves as vice chairman of the county board of elections, tweeted more than 100 times this weekend criticizing the Ohio Democratic ...

LaRose to Trump: ‘Present your evidence’

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he hasn’t vetted claims from President Donald Trump about election fraud, “but certainly there are things that I’ve heard that sound pretty unbelievable to me.” In an interview with this newspaper, LaRose said about Trump, a fellow Republican: “My challenge is, present your evidence.” Trump has filed multiple unsuccessful lawsuits in states where he ...

Virus limits access to city court

YOUNGSTOWN — Because at least one employee has COVID-19, and numerous others who came in contact with those with the virus are self-quarantined, Youngstown Municipal Court will be closed, with some exceptions, until at least Nov. 30. In a journal entry, Carla Baldwin, the administrative and presiding judge, wrote the pandemic issues impacting the court have forced her to order that all cases be postponed ...

LaRose says Trump's election fraud claims 'sound pretty unbelievable'

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he hasn't vetted claims from President Donald Trump about election fraud,"but certainly there are things that I've heard that sound pretty unbelievable to me." In an interview with this newspaper, LaRose said about Trump, a fellow Republican: "My challenge is, present your evidence." Trump has filed multiple unsuccessful lawsuits in states where he either lost or is ...

Mahoning County invalidates 476 ballots

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Board of Elections certified its election results after invalidating 476 late-arriving mail and provisional ballots in what was the highest turnout for an election in the county in more than two decades. After counting 2,653 valid late-arriving mail and provisional ballots, turnout rose from 70.99 percent on election night to 72.59 percent Wednesday after the board ...

Youngstown council OKs more COVID-19 spending

YOUNGSTOWN — City council agreed to use federal COVID-19 relief money to buy a truck and two dumpsters to transport and dispose abandoned mattresses, and to purchase a second set of turnout gear for firefighters. Council on Wednesday authorized the board of control to make the two purchases. The first is $204,800 for a rolloff truck and two 40-yard dumpsters to bring abandoned mattresses to the ...

City taxes take a hit

YOUNGSTOWN — The city’s latest monthly income tax collection was less than projected, but is a rebound from the prior month, which was among the worst during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s income tax collection for September was $131,000 below its projections for that month, said Kyle Miasek, the interim finance director. The city received $3,383,000 in income tax revenue when it had budgeted ...

Committee suggests purchases

YOUNGSTOWN — City council is expected to approve the use of federal COVID-19 relief funds Wednesday to purchase a truck and two dumpsters to transport abandoned mattresses to the landfill and to buy another set of gear for firefighters. At Monday’s council finance committee meeting, Councilwoman Anita Davis, D-6th Ward, asked how the truck and dumpsters were related to COVID-19. Michael Durkin, code ...

Ryan committed to House seat

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has no intentions of leaving the House to join the administration of President-elect Joe Biden or running for statewide office in 2022. But the latter comes with a caveat. If the redrawing of congressional lines for the 2022 election gives him an unfavorable district or forces him to run against another incumbent, Ryan, D-Howland, said, “It’s a different ballgame. We have to see what ...

Council to consider COVID-19 spending

YOUNGSTOWN — City council on Wednesday will consider legislation authorizing the board of control to spend $423,800 in federal COVID-19 relief funds to purchase a truck and two dumpsters, and for a second set of gear for firefighters. The money comes from $2,359,224 the city received in additional COVID-19 funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The city ...