Youngstown mayor listens to constituents, five minutes at a time

From dog parks to traffic lights, city hall was buzzing with questions Tuesday night (Jan. 21). Mayor John McNally was ready to listen. Niki Pizzuto brings us the story.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally spoke with Connie Timpson during his first “Five Minutes with the Mayor” session Jan. 21 in city hall. One of McNally’s campaign promises was to spend some one-on-one time with residents so they may voice their concerns. Nikki Pizzuto/TheNewsOutlet.org

Youngstown Mayor John McNally spoke with Connie Timpson during his first “Five Minutes with the Mayor” session Jan. 21 in city hall. One of McNally’s campaign promises was to spend some one-on-one time with residents so they may voice their concerns. Nikki Pizzuto/TheNewsOutlet.org

Youngstown’s Mayor John McNally kept to a strict schedule Tuesday night during his first Five Minutes With the Mayor series.

Every five minutes, McNally talked with a citizen about their concerns.  Lucille Moreland-Smith says the mayor sit-down is a good thing. 

MORELAND-SMITH: Oftentimes, community people don’t get a chance to speak out. They don’t attend city council, they don’t attend usually city meetings, but they do have things to say.

 Moreland-Smith talked about taking down some traffic lights. McNally says he’ll refer her concerns.

McNALLY: So that’s something I’ll send to our traffic-engineering department. To see if we can help get a resolution, or if there’s some traffic signals that may or may not be needed.

MaryAnne Hoffman of the Brier Hill neighborhood talked with the mayor about creating a dog park.

HOFFMAN: This is what mayors need to do. He’s getting a more face-to-face, real view of people’s needs.

The next sit down, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Niki Pizzuto.

TheNewsOutlet.org is a collaborative effort among the Youngstown State University journalism program, The University of Akron, Cuyahoga Community College and professional media outlets including, WYSU-FM Radio and The Vindicator (Youngstown), The Beacon Journal and Rubber City Radio (Akron).

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