Tell it to the mayor

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Approximately two dozen Youngstown residents lined up Tuesday night for a chance to bend the ear of new city mayor John McNally.

Called “Five Minutes with the Mayor,” the new program gives residents a chance to talk to McNally about any city-related issue.

McNally said he got the idea after reading a New York Times article in which the mayor of Charleston, S.C., was doing the same thing. A few dozen residents took advantage of the face time with McNally.

“The fact that he is listening to any citizen about any topic is just super important. It’s just a great move on his part and for us, to open up government and to have more voice in what happens here,” said Jean Engle, co-president of Trees Please.

And McNally said he plans to follow up with people who spoke with him.

“Issues that have to be sent to department heads for further review or follow up we will do that and then we will send the results or resolution to the citizen. Anything they have a concern about we are going to try and answer it,” McNally said.

There are two more sessions planned. One on Feb. 18 and the other on March 18. They both start at 5 p.m. at McNally’s office at City Hall.

For a “Five Minutes with the Mayor” meeting schedule, click here. 

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