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Youngstown Mayor goes forward with monthly Meet the Mayor meetings

Indicted Youngstown mayor still holds monthly meetings with public

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mayor John McNally was back at City Hall on Monday.  The mayor, who was indicted on public corruption charges last week, went forward with his monthly "Five Minutes with the Mayor" meetings. 

The meetings give citizens five minutes to talk with the Mayor about whatever they want.

Monday was the first "Five Minutes with the Mayor" meeting since McNally was indicted last week on 34 felony and misdemeanor charges.

Only seven people turned out to the meeting. That's one of the smallest turn outs since the Mayor began offering the meetings earlier this year. Of the seven, not one addressed the mayor on his charges of public corruption.

"That's the Mayor's problem. I'm here for my problem," said Resident Tonja Delaine.

"I guess it is my business because I'm a citizen, but he's got his own problems and I'm pretty sure he can take care of himself," said Resident Charles Tranun.

The overall consensus among the residents, seemed to be that they feel the mayor is innocent until proven guilty.

"If it is proven then that's a different matter but as long as it has not been proven, it's just statement, anyone can say anything but it has to be proven so I'll wait to see the outcome," said Delaine.

As for McNally, he says the purpose of the monthly meetings is to address issues affecting the residents, not his own. But he doesn't disagree that some might argue his issues as a public official are the publics concern.

 "I've told people all along they are more than welcome to come down to these meetings and praise me, yell at me, have a cup of coffee with me. Just chat about anything they want to," said McNally.

During our time with the Mayor we asked how he plans on running the city effectively, if his case goes to trial and he's busy participating in his own defense.

 "I'm a very busy person to begin with as it is, I was a very busy person as a Commissioner, as practicing lawyer and just dealing with stuff over the past four years. So we just take it day by day and we'll just keep on doing the work I was elected to do," said McNally.

McNally, as well as Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino and attorney Martin Yavorcik are scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. on May 29 on 83 racketeering, corruption, bribery and other charges.
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