ALBANY (WSKG) – The New York State Education Department hearing on whether Carl Paladino should be removed from the Buffalo Board of Education for leaking private information from the board’s executive sessions could conclude as early as Tuesday. On Monday, day three of the proceedings, the petitioners seeking Paladino’s removal rested their case. And the Buffalo businessman and former Republican gubernatorial candidate’s defense began. The first witness was a school board member allied with Paladino, Patricia Pierce. She testified that she believed she was free to speak about some of the matters discussed in the board’s executive session, because some of the information had already been made public in other ways.