Appeal Process Moves Forward, But Paladino Off School Board Now

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 The lawyer for ousted Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino says his client will appeal the state education commissioner's decision which removes Paladino from the Buffalo School Board. 

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As he prepares to ask a State Supreme Court Judge to overturn Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia's removal, Attorney Dennis Vacco tells WBEN that the ruling actually helps his civil case on Paladino's behalf.  Vacco shared the latest Friday morning On The WBEN Liveline:   HEAR IT HERE

Vacco says that although Paladino was kicked off the board for improperly discussing teacher contract negotiations, the monthslong campaign for his removal centered on Paladino's published insults of former President Barack Obama.  

 HERE VACCO HERE from Thursday Evening

   Vacco says protesters have stepped up anti-Paladino calls since the Virginia violence last weekend.    Paladino told Artvoice in December that he wished Obama would die of mad cow disease. He said the comments weren't meant for publication but nevertheless protected by his right to free speech.  The free speech issues were addressed by NYS Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia in her order, saying that Paladino's speech was not chilled by the school board, despite their intent.



Buffalo School Board President Barbara Seals-Nevergold 

says she hopes the Paladino ouster will bring an end to distractions that have gotten in the way of board business.
 Nevergold says Elia's ruling is confirmation that individual board members can't decide what information is confidential and what should be released publicly.


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