YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown Mayor John McNally originally told WKBN 27 First News he would have some comments after the indictments against him were handed down on Wednesday.
He later decided against that, saying he wouldn’t talk on camera about the charges until Thursday. But First News reporter Dan Martin caught up with the mayor Wednesday night at a previously scheduled public appearance.
McNally said he didn’t watch Attorney General Mike DeWine’s press conference Wednesday afternoon because he was meeting in his office with a community group about code enforcement. McNally continued with his regular schedule Wednesday evening, making an appearance to speak and help hand out awards at the Salvation Army’s Annual Civic Dinner.
McNally also was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury in 2010 on similar corruption charges, but he said he was caught off guard by this latest round of charges out of Cuyahoga County.
“I’m going to say ‘stunned’ is not the right word, but I’m incedibly frustrated by this entire event, this whole episode. We have been putting up with this for seven years, maybe eight years I guess, and my frustration knows no bounds at this point in time. And I’ll be happy to talk some more tomorrow,” McNally said.
He is expected to say much more about the indictments on Thursday.
While he was at the Salvation Army dinner, McNally got a call from his wife telling him a tree fell in the front yard and landed on their house on Burma Drive on the city’s upper west side. The massive tree toppled over during a severe thunderstorm that blew through Wednesday evening.
Youngstown police and firefighters put up caution tape around the area so crews could safely clean up down limbs and power lines. Neighbors came out to see if there was anything they could do to help.
But many folks, including McNally himself, just had to laugh and shake their heads, wondering what else could possibly happen to him in one day.