Updated: Carl Paladino Removed From Buffalo School Board

  Carl Paladino has been removed from the Buffalo Board of Education in a ruling by the state education commissioner issued Thursday. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia upheld the school board’s application to remove Paladino as a member of the board.  Paladino drew attention for making racially charged comments about President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, in a Buffalo newspaper last December. But the actual charges against him were for leaking sensitive information to the press from a closed-door session of the board. In the decision, Elia wrote that Paladino “disclosed confidential information” from the board’s executive sessions regarding collective bargaining negotiations with the school district’s teachers union. She said his actions were a “willful violation of the law.” The attorney for the school board, Frank Miller, said, “Justice has been done.” “The message has been sent,” Miller said.