Mayor braces for court appearance in Oakhill case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – WKBN First News reporter Gerry Ricciutti is stationed outside the Cuyahoga County Courthouse where Youngstown Mayor John McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and local attorney Marty Yavorcik will appear Thursday morning facing corruption charges.

Earlier this month McNally, along with Sciortino and Yavorcik, were named in an 87-count indictment in connection with the 2006 sale of Oakhill Renaissance Place.

McNally said he expects this new case to largely be a repeat of the one that was dismissed just two years ago when he was a county commissioner.

“Obviously, still very frustrated by everything. But this will sort of kick off the process, and we will just keep taking it one day at a time as I have for last eight years,” said McNally.

McNally said after entering a not guilty plea on Thursday, he expects to be processed at the Cuyahoga County Jail and then released so he can return to Youngstown by the afternoon.

“It is a long time coming, and it will be a long process. I don’t expect it to be resolved anytime soon,” said McNally. “That is why I am going to continue everyday coming down here and doing what I think I do best and that is serving the residents of the city of Youngstown.”

This is a developing story. Check back here and tune in to WKBN First News at Noon for a live report.

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