ALBANY, NY -- State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on Thursday upheld the Buffalo City School District Board of Education’s application to remove Carl Paladino, a St. Bonaventure University graduate and former trustee, from the board.
According to Elia's decision, the evidence showed that Paladino disclosed confidential information regarding collective negotiations which he had learned as a board member in executive session.
The full decision is available here. The commissioner denied the three other applications on procedural grounds. To view those decisions, click the links below:
Paladino ignited controversy in December for comments made about then-President Barack Obama and the first lady. The remarks were included in an article in which Artvoice, a weekly newspaper based in Buffalo, asked business and community leaders from the Buffalo area about their wishes for the upcoming year.
Paladino told the newspaper he hopes the president catches mad cow disease and dies and that he would like to see Michelle Obama “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”
After the remarks were published, a petition to change the name of the Paladino Townhouse on the St. Bonaventure campus was circulated online, and the university changed the name to “Belesario and Sara Paladino House,” the names of Paladino’s parents to whom the building was originally dedicated.