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 issues, including the negotiation of the contract with the teacher union.
What happened during those negotiations could become central to the hearing, since the petition to remove Paladino asserts that he improperly disclosed information discussed in executive session about the negotiations.
It's likely his attorneys will press Rumore on this issue when he takes the stand. The district's general counsel Nathaniel Kuzma testified earlier Friday.
The hearing will decide if Paladino, the unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor in 2010 and New York State chairman of President Trump's campaign, can remain on the School Board, to which he won elections in 2013 and 2016.
Protesters have been calling for Paladino's ouster over comments he made in an article published in Artvoice in December. Paladino wished death on President Barack Obama and said his wife should live in Africa with a gorilla. But Paladino's comments about the Obamas will not be the main focus of this week's hearing.
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will consider instead whether Paladino violated School Board policy by revealing information discussed in executive session by the board.