Here is the decision that was handed down this morning, removing Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board.

Paladino’s inflammatory comments from December about former president Barack Obama and his wife started this public push for his ouster. But that’s not the legal reason he was thrown off the board: Elia concluded that Paladino broke education law when he publicly disclosed private information from an executive session.

“The record demonstrates that respondent disclosed confidential information regarding collective negotiations under the Taylor Law, which he gained in the course of his participation as a board member in executive session, and that his disclosures constituted a willful violation of law warranting his removal from office…”

“It is ordered that respondent Carl Paladino be, and he hereby is, removed from the office of member of the Board of Education…” Elia wrote.

State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia today sustained the Buffalo City School District Board of Education’s application to remove Carl Paladino as a member of the board.

Pursuant to Education Law §2103(2), an individual removed from a “school district office shall be ineligible to appointment or election to any district office for a period of one year from the date of such removal.”

The Commissioner denied the three remaining applications on procedural grounds. To view those decisions, click the links below:

Radford, et al. v. Board of Education, et al.

Montante, et al. v. Paladino

Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization (“BPTO”), et al. v. Paladino