As previously reported, Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino has been trying to remove current President Barbara Nevergold from the board, both through petitions to the state education commissioner and through a filing in State Supreme Court. His petitions to Commissioner John King were rejected in March, and the request submitted last week before State Supreme Court Judge Tracey Bannister is pending a hearing currently scheduled for Friday.
Paladino said he has more faith in the court system than in the State Education Department, and wants a ruling that would declare Nevergold's board tenure invalid and prevent her from participating or voting on any future board issues. He's expressed concerns that the lame duck board may try to push through proposals that would deliberately tie the hands of the incoming board to be seated in July, despite Nevergold's assertions to the contrary.
"I don’t intend to walk away from this thing," Paladino said. "I intend to get a ruling that all her actions over the past year are void."
Below is a copy of Judge Bannister's show cause order and Paladino's court petition. Note that the judge crossed out her initial temporary restraining order that would have prevented Nevergold from participating in board meetings until the court matter is decided. It's also amusing to see that Paladino predicted in his petition that Nevergold would fail to win re-election last week. She was re-elected to her seat with 7,097 votes, 1,162 more votes than the fourth-place finisher.
-- Sandra Tan