Mahoning Democratic Party chair calls for Youngstown mayor’s resignation

Mahoning County Party Chairman Dave Betras made the announcement following Mayor John McNally's plea deal

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Following a plea agreement Friday in a Cleveland courtroom where Youngstown Mayor John McNally pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges in the corruption case against him, Mahoning County Democratic Party Chariman Dave Betras is calling for McNally’s resignation.

Betras made the statements in a prepared statement he released to media following Friday’s outcome in Cuyahoga County Court. His statement reads in part:

As I have said from the beginning, I believed Mayor McNally had the right to remain in office pending the disposition of the charges filed against him. In light of the fact that he today pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors related directly to his official duties as an elected officials, I believe he should resign. At the very least, I believe he should not seek reelection when his term expires. If he does not, the voters will have their say when it comes time for his reelection.

When reached for comment Friday afternoon, McNally said he will not resign.

“The chairman has to do that from the political end of things. I will be seeking re-election,” McNally said.

McNally and former Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino agreed to a plea deal Friday in front of Cuyahoga County Judge Janet Burnside. Along with McNally’s guilty pleas to the misdemeanor charges, Sciortino pleaded guilty to two felony charges and three misdemeanors.

McNally, Sciortino and Youngstown attorney Martin Yavorcik were all indicted on charges that they were involved in a pattern of corrupt activity surrounding the purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place. The indictment alleges that the trio made efforts to prevent the purchase so that county offices would remain at their former location inside the Cafaro-owned McGuffey Mall.

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