Convicted teacher’s union negotiator sentenced to jail

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A union negotiator who admitted to scheming to line his own pockets will spend time in jail for his actions.

Frank Aquila, a 76-year-old Amherst negotiator for the Buffalo Educational Support Team (BEST), was sentenced for refusing to reach a final agreement on behalf of nearly 900 teacher’s aides and assistants in the Buffalo School District unless he could line his own pockets.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says he refused to accept any final deals unless the school paid out deals to insurance brokers and to BEST. The scheme in total netted Aquila $332,500.

STORY | Aquila pleads guilty as charged. 

Although Aquila faced a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars, he will only spend one year in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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