With Park District member Carl Paladino removed from office, the Buffalo School Board Friday is expected to begin the process of appointing a replacement.
The board has 30 days to appoint a new Park District member, according to state law. The replacement must be from the Park District, and must be approved by a majority of the remaining eight board members.
If the board does not fill the seat within 30 days, then Mayor Buffalo Byron W. Brown has the authority to select a replacement, with confirmation from the Common Council. That process must be done within a subsequent 30-day period, according to state law.
The school district was planning to start the process Friday, when details of how applications can be submitted to the board will be made public, said Elena Cala, spokeswoman for the Buffalo school district.
This replacement process, however, could be impacted if, as expected, Paladino appeals state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia's ruling though the courts.
Paladino and his attorney, Dennis C. Vacco, have two likely options. They could request a stay, which, if granted, could stop the implementation of Paladino's removal from office. They could also request an injunction, which, if granted, could prevent the School Board from replacing Paladino.
As of Thursday night, however, no legal action had been filed.
Paladino was last elected in 2016 to a three-year term that expires in May 2019.