Election 2016: Buffalo School Board
The Buffalo School Board elections will be held Tuesday, May 3. Six board seats will be decided by eligible city voters.
In the Park District, incumbent Carl Paladino is facing opposition from 18-year-old city school student Austin Harig. Paladino is certainly the most visible member of the city school board as a key part of the current board majority. As WBFO's Mike Desmond reports, Paladino is working to keep it that way.
WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Hutch Tech High School senior Austin Harig, who is taking on the powerful Paladino. The South Buffalo teen won a petition challenge for a spot on next Tuesday's ballot.
In the city's West District, incumbent and School Board President James Sampson has been knocked off the ballot against opponent Jennifer Mecozzi. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has that story.
Incumbent Theresa Harris-Tigg will be the only candidate on the ballot for the East District race. WBFO's Michael Mroziak talks with Harris-Tigg about her work on the current school board.
Harris-Tigg's opponents, Colleen Russell and Patricia Elliott, were both knocked-off the ballot. Both failed to return the needed 500-valid signatures. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports both are expected to be write-in candidates.
North District incubment Jay McCarthy has been a pretty visible member of the majority coalition of the Buffalo school board. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.
McCarthy's opponent is Buffalo Attorney and school parent Hope Jay. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.
Incumbent Mary Ruth Kapsiak decided not to seek re-election seeking re-election. She was first elected in 2007. Two candidates are now vying for the vacant seat Paulette Woods and Byron McIntyre. McIntyre is the vice president of the District Parent Coordinating Council and school parent. Paulette Woods, who works the Erie County Probation Department as a senior budget examiner, but has extensive work with youth after spending 12-years in the Erie County Youth Department.