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Protesters calling for Paladino's removal interrupt third meeting

Protesters once again interrupted the monthly meeting of the Buffalo School Board, saying they will continue to disrupt proceedings until Carl P. Paladino is removed from his elected position for making racially charged comments.

The disruption at Wednesday's meeting was the third in as many months when protesters stood up in the middle of the meeting and chanted. They were ushered by security into the hallway of City Hall, where they continued to chant as the board resumed its regular business.

"It is time to remove yourself from a place that you are not wanted," said speaker Reta Wedderburn-Marshall.

"Remove the ultimate impediment toward progress in the Buffalo schools," said speaker Whitney Crispell.

The demonstrations are the latest – and perhaps most intense showing of protest – in what has been a months-long push to have Paladino removed from office.

Paladino's remarks appeared in an end-of-the-year survey in Artvoice, in which the board member wished death by mad cow disease upon President Obama in the new year, referred to the first lady as a man and said he'd like her to be "let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla."

The latest demonstration came the day after state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia set a date for a hearing to decide whether Paladino should be removed from the board. The hearing will address a petition submitted by Paladino's colleagues on the board calling on Elia to exercise her power to remove him. The hearing will be at 9 a.m. June 22 in Albany.

"Nobody wants you to stick around," said parent Drew Ludwig. "We've asked you to go."

State hearing is June 22 on bid to remove Paladino

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