The Latest: Lawyer: School board member hearing a 'charade'

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Posted: Jun 22, 2017 1:39 PM
The Latest: Lawyer: School board member hearing a 'charade'

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a state Education Department hearing for a former candidate for New York governor who is accused of disclosing confidential board of education business in Buffalo (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

The lawyer for a Buffalo school board member who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife says a state Education Department hearing for the lawyer's client is "all a charade."

Dennis Vacco says the hearing Thursday in Albany is "a subterfuge to get at Carl Paladino in retaliation for his intemperate remarks" in a Buffalo alternative weekly last December.

Vacco is a former New York attorney general. He says the derogatory remarks Paladino submitted to Buffalo's Artvoice were "low and unfortunate," but nonetheless constitutionally protected.

The hearing is being held to determine whether Paladino disclosed confidential school board business when he released information on teacher contract negotiations.

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11:20 a.m.

A state Education Department hearing is underway for

The hearing being held Thursday in Albany for wealthy western New York developer Carl Paladino focuses on whether he disclosed confidential business of the Buffalo School Board. Other members of the board say he did, and they want him removed.

School board president Barbara Seals Nevergold testified that Paladino breached a code of conduct when he went public with the information about teacher contract talks conducted in closed-door sessions.

Paladino says he's being targeted in retaliation for written remarks he made about the Obamas in a Buffalo alternative publication in December.

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12:25 a.m.

A one-time candidate for governor of New York who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife may be booted off the Buffalo School Board.

A hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday in Albany over whether wealthy developer Carl Paladino disclosed confidential board business.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is set to hear testimony in a petition filed by other school board members seeking Paladino's removal. They say Paladino publicly disclosed information about teacher contract negotiations discussed in closed-door sessions.

Paladino counters in a federal lawsuit that the board's claims are in retaliation for derogatory remarks he made about the Obamas. He says his disclosures about the teachers' contract were in the public interest.

The hearing is expected to last several days. Elia will issue her decision at a later date.