John McNally

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Youngstown residents may not have to pay quite as much as first thought for the EPA-ordered rebuilding of the city’s waste-water control system.

Like most Ohio cities Youngstown had to overhaul its sewer system. It signed a consent decree with the U.S. EPA in 2002 for a 30-year, $310-milllion project. 

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Tonight, Ohio cities will be conducting their annual count to determine how many homeless people are out there. It’s the first count since Akron and Youngstown each considered legislation aimed at reducing panhandling. Opponents said they were actually thinly veiled attempts at criminalizing homelessness. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on where each city is at today in helping its homeless population.

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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

The Ohio ACLU is calling on Youngstown to drop a proposed anti-loitering law.

If passed, the ordinance will allow police to arrest residents for sitting on benches or wandering around the city.

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The mayor of Youngstown was sentenced today on misdemeanor corruption charges that he pleaded guilty to last month.        

  

A Cuyahoga County judge gave Mayor John McNally one year of probation, 20 hours of community service and a $3,500 fine.  The charges stem from when he was a Mahoning County commissioner about a decade ago and tried to stop the purchase of a former hospital building to house the county’s jobs and family services department.

John McNally
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  The mayor of Youngstown is scheduled to be sentenced today on the corruption charges to which he pleaded guilty to a month ago. 

 

Mayor John McNally pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges. All were related to his time in the mid-2000s as a Mahoning County commissioner and his attempt to block the county from moving offices from a building owned by a powerful developer.

He admitted sharing a confidential county letter with a law firm representing the developer. But right after he entered it, McNally described  his plea as simply a matter of expediency.

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City of Youngstown

Youngstown’s mayor and the former Mahoning County commissioner have pleaded guilty to charges in a decade-long corruption scandal. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports for Ohio Public Radio, the plea deal reached today will allow the mayor to run for re-election next year.