BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo School District’s petition for the removal of Carl Paladino from the Board of Education is headed to Albany.
The first hearing for the Buffalo City School District vs. Carl Paladino is scheduled for June 22 in Albany.
The Board of Education passed a resolution 6-3 in Jan. 2017 to file a petition with the State Education Department to remove Paladino from the board following statements he made in Artvoice which some board members and community members considered racist and for sharing information discussed in an executive session about teacher’s contracts.
The hearing is expected to be well attended, but the room where it will be held is small, the state education department said in a news release.
Here are the basics: The hearing takes place at the State Education Building in Albany on June 22, that’s a Thursday.
This hearing, which could take days, will not be recorded, either by the state or the media.
Due to public interest in the hearing, a viewing room will be available for members of the public to watch the hearing on a live feed from the hearing room. Due to limited seats available, the seats will be granted through a lottery system. Anyone interested in requesting a seat in the hearing room should email JuneHearing@nysed.gov by 5 p.m. on June 14. Individuals granted seating through the lottery will be notified by email by 5 p.m. on June 19.
The hearing comes a little more than six months after the firestorm surrounding Carl Paladino’s statements erupted across the state.
Paladino wrote disparaging comments about Barack and Michelle Obama, which then appeared in ArtVoice.
Several groups, including the school board, the teachers union and the district’s parent organization demanded the state remove Paladino from office. Each filed a petition.
It’s not known when the state education commissioner will make her decision once the hearing is complete.