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Mayfield mayor quits while an ethics investigation continues
The investigation focuses on land and drilling deals
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The mayor of the Cleveland suburb of Mayfield Heights is done as of Feb. 1.  He says he’s resigning to spend more time with his family. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, it also comes as a two-year ethics investigation is wrapping up.

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Mayor Greg Costabile abruptly announced this week he’s quitting. In a press release, he says the decision was the “best course for our family.”

But Law Director Leonard Carr says a complaint originating with City Council two years ago likely played a role. Council asked the Ohio Ethics Commission about several transactions, including a drilling deal for 20-acres with Seagull Development, which does business with Mayfield Heights. All the property owners, including the mayor, got signing bonuses.

But, “the vast majority of similarly situated neighbors to the mayor received $5,000, including the neighbors on either side of the mayor. The mayor received $15,000, three times the amount -- without any apparent reason other than what he has cited in the past as his superior negotiating powers.”

Another point of the investigation is a reported $100,000 deal with a real estate developer.

Carr underscored that the deals themselves are not the problem. Rather, it’s what Costabile did or did not report on his ethics disclosure form that could lead to misdemeanor charges.  Neither Costabile or his attorney could be reached for comment. 

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got caught with hands in the cookie jar


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