BPS attorney claims Paladino is racist, sexist

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Controversy is once again swirling inside Buffalo Public Schools with the district's school board.

Carl Paladino is now facing a lawsuit after remarks he recently made during a heated debate at a school board meeting.

"It's the same old nonsense and I'm sick and tired of it," Paladino said.

Paladino is responding to a civil rights claim, filed with the state Division of Human Rights, naming him specifically.

"We'll play all the silliness that has to be played because I don't back down," Paladino said.

The claim was filed by Rashondra Martin, the board's general counsel. She would not comment on the pending claim.

It comes about two weeks after there was a major argument between Martin and Paladino at a contentious Buffalo school board meeting where Paladino questioned one of Martin's rulings.

Paladino says Martin accuses him of targeting women on the board and calls him a racist. It's a claim Paladino denies.

"They slander me, okay? Consistently by calling me a racist and by saying I have conflicts of interest," Paladino said.

Paladino is firing back. He released a letter to the media, addressed to Martin and several board members saying "there is absolutely no discernible basis for your accusation that I am a racist or sexist... I intend to protect my reputation and will take all appropriate legal or other action at my disposal to do so."

Paladino says Martin cannot serve right now as the board's attorney because of this recent filing.

He says he may file a lawsuit against Martin but has not yet.

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