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 disclosed confidential information.
Dec. 23: Artvoice publishes an article in which Paladino makes inflammatory comments about the Obamas, touching off outrage and calls for his removal. The resolution does not make any reference to the December 22 e-mail.
Dec. 29: The Board of Education meets and passes a resolution vowing to seek Paladino's removal for the Artvoice comments. The resolution calls for hiring an outside attorney to help explore options for doing so.
Jan. 4: The board votes to hire Frank W. Miller to assist with the petition to remove Paladino.
Jan. 5: Paladino publishes a second article in Artvoice, in which he discloses information discussed in executive sessions.
Jan. 17: Nevergold invites seven of the nine board members to a meeting with Miller, excluding Paladino and Larry Quinn. The meeting was not publicly noticed, something Nevergold says is allowed because they were seeking advice from their attorney. Paladino's team, however, questions whether a majority of board members illegally met and informally decided to change course on their strategy to remove him. They say that should have been discussed and decided during a public meeting since it may have involved an issue coming before the board for a vote.
Jan. 18: The board meets and votes on a resolution to seek Paladino's removal for disclosing confidential information. They cite the December 22 e-mail and January 5 Artvoice article. Paladino is served with notice of the petition at that same meeting. Paladino's attorneys argue that indicates the petition had been prepared prior to the official vote, suggesting that board members met prior to the public meeting to discuss the issue.