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Carl Paladino reacts to New York State Education Department hearing

Hearing scheduled for June 22nd in Albany
Posted at 10:48 PM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 23:35:29-04

Carl Paladino spoke for the first time before Wednesday's Buffalo school board meeting since learning of his June 22 hearing in front of New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia.

It's a hearing the Park District school board representative says he welcomes.

"We had requested a hearing, and they granted it and we're very happy about that," said Paladino.

Paladino went on to say that he believes there is no case against him.

"This is all nonsense, theres no case here from our perspective. It'd be a lot smarter for them.... for the government to investigate the rigged contract."

Paladino is referring to the recent contract agreement between the district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation which Paladino claims is illegal and bankrupting the district, a claim that School Board President Dr. Barbra Seals Nevergold says is false.

"He's made a lot of allegations about corruption, about people being incompetent and they're just that, allegations. If he has evidence of such he hasn't presented it, I haven't seen it."

Both sides say they're ready for a decision to be made regarding Paladino's status on the board.

Paladino says he'll be at the Albany hearing and plans to testify in front of Commissioner Elia.