Four applications filed seeking Paladino's removal from school board

Posted at 12:35 PM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-31 12:35:58-05

Carl Paladino's future on the Buffalo School Board is now in the hands of the state.

The New York State Education Department says it has received four application seeking the local developer's removal.

Last week, applications were filed by five Buffalo CSD teachers/residents/taxpayer, the Buffalo CSD Board of Education, Sam Radford and Buffalo PTO, NAACP Buffalo Branch, Lawrence Scott and Rev. Mark Blue.

"Once all necessary documents in the established removal process are filed, we will review the record as quickly as possible while allowing for a thorough and complete consideration of the facts and relevant law," said Emily DeSantis, a spokesperson for the education department.

In New York, to seek removal of a school board member, a person must file an application for removal with the Commissioner. After a hearing, Education Law 306 allows the Commissioner of Education to remove a trustee, member of a board of education and certain other school officials for willful misconduct or neglect of duty. 

The application for removal must be initiated within 30 days of the decision or action complained of, and must contain evidence of willful, intentional wrongdoing.

The Commissioner will determine whether to order a hearing, at which Carl Paladino will then have the right to be represented by counsel. The Commissioner will review all facts in the cast before making a determination on his removal.