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Paladino faces action seeking his removal from school board

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For weeks, Carl Paladino has been seeking the removal of Buffalo School Board president Barbara Seals Nevergold.  Now, a resident is taking similar steps in an effort to have Paladino removed from the board. Paladino has been arguing the board president is sitting illegally because she didn't run for her appointed seat last year during district elections. That action is pending in Albany.

It was learned at Wednesday's board meeting that Albany is also reviewing a petition from Joan Simmons which seeks to have Paladino removed.

"This is not personal, as far as Mr. Paladino is concerned," Simmons said.

"But when he is so distracting that he prevents the board from moving forward to resolve the real issues, then he needs to go."

Simmons spoke to the board meeting and was shut down by Seals Nevergold.                                                                  

Paladino says his lawyer has filled all of the paperwork the State Education Department wants in the case and doesn't know when there will be a decision.

Earlier this week, Barbara Seals Nevergold announced that she would run in the approaching School Board elections.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.