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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.


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It was the first week of summer vacation, and Juan Rodriguez couldn’t wait to get outside to play with his friends on Humason Avenue. But when he heard gunshots outside, the 11-year-old ran to the front door to get his younger siblings out of the line of fire. As he opened the door, a bullet from a high-powered rifle struck him between the eyes and went through his br…

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Those who follow the Buffalo School Board are well aware of the politics, infighting and racial tensions that typically underscore its interactions. But the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position offered even some insiders a more raw glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of the board and school district. There were no bounds when airing the bo…

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ALBANY – Carl P. Paladino said that, if he could, he would take back the inflammatory comments he made about President Barack Obama and his wife that cast him in the national spotlight. "I sincerely regret my words," Paladino said. "I regret thinking them and saying them." “I regret the shame I brought on myself and my kids,” Paladino added. “It wasn’t a go…

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Attorneys have finished questioning Carl P. Paladino, the last witness to testify in the hearing to determine if he can keep his seat on the Buffalo School Board. Both sides will return Wednesday to deliver their closing arguments in the case. It will then be up to State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to decide if he can keep his elected position. Paladino's t…

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In what will likely be the last day of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his seat on the Buffalo School Board, his ally Larry Quinn took the stand and testified that the disclosure of information about teacher contract negotiations was done in the public interest. Quinn also noted that the Artvoice article in which Paladino revealed information given to board …

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The legal team representing Carl P. Paladino in the hearing to have him removed from the Buffalo School Board has started calling its own witnesses to testify. After attorneys spent roughly three hours questioning Superintendent Kriner Cash, former state attorney general Dennis Vacco called Patti Pierce as his first witness. Pierce is one of three witnesses Vacco pla…

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The hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo School Board continues in Albany this afternoon for a third day, and it is expected that Paladino's legal team will start calling its witnesses to testify. Originally, all of the board members seeking Paladino's removal were slated to testify. But over the weekend the School Board's attorney decided he would not ca…

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Since he was elected to the Buffalo School Board, Carl P. Paladino has cultivated more enemies than friends. Now, he's using those foes' attempts to have him removed from office as a platform to air his grievances about the Buffalo schools, essentially shifting the spotlight off of himself and onto the many problems he's criticized since he was first elected. That ma…

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ALBANY – State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is no stranger to the antics of the Buffalo School Board, and in her brief time as New York State's top educator has already conveyed she does not intend to tolerate any of its nonsense. That's especially true on her own turf, where Buffalo School Board members descended Thursday and Friday for the start of the unpr…

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ALBANY - The influence of the teachers union in the politics of Buffalo Public Schools emerged as a main theme in the second day of testimony in the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from the Board of Education. Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore testified, and Paladino's attorneys pressed him on his role in the May 2016 school board races and whether …

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The petition to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected Buffalo School Board position argues that he violated board policy when he disclosed confidential information discussed in executive session. The board members seeking his removal argue that disclosure interferes with their ability to conduct business. Paladino's main defense at a hearing in Albany before stat…

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Key developments in effort to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position on the Buffalo Board of Education: Dec. 22: Paladino sends an e-mail to School Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold about an issue discussed in executive session and copies members of the media. The petition to remove him from the school board cites this as the first instance in which he …

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Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore is testifying during today's continuation of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position on the Buffalo School Board. Rumore follows a brutal interrogation of School Board President Barbara Nevergold on Monday at the hearing in Albany, during which Paladino's team of attorneys covered a litany of i…

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The unprecedented hearing before New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is to decide whether Carl P. Paladino should be removed from his elected position. But during the first day of testimony Thursday, it was those seeking his removal who were on the hot seat – specifically School Board President Barbara A. Seals Nevergold, a longtime Paladino nemesis. …

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Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino was protecting the public's interest when he disclosed in a newspaper story secret details about contract talks with the Buffalo teacher's union - information he received during School Board's confidential executive session, his attorney said Thursday. In an opening statement at a hearing in Albany to determine if Paladino shoul…