The Buffalo Board of Education has started thinking about life without Carl Paladino.
The school district has released information on how people can submit applications for the board's Park District seat, which was occupied by Paladino until Thursday when he was removed by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
The board has 30 days to appoint a new representative for the Park District, which encompasses South Buffalo, according to state law. The replacement must be from the Park District and be approved by a majority of the remaining eight members on the board.
If the board does not fill the seat within 30 days, then Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown has the authority to select a replacement, with confirmation from the Common Council. That must be done within a subsequent 30-day period, according to state law.
Besides being a resident of the Park District for a year, applicants must be a resident of Buffalo for at least three years. He or she also must be a U.S. citizen and have no felony convictions..
Applicants should send or deliver a letter of notification to: Buffalo Board of Education, Attn: Darren Brown, District Clerk, 801 City Hall, Buffalo, N.Y. 14202.
A biography, resume or vitae should be included. Letters must be time stamped and received by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.
The notification letter and information also can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is the same.
Applications will be reviewed and interviews set up.
Paladino, however, is expected to appeal Elia's decision through the courts, which could affect the search process.
The board majority petitioned for his removal, after arguing that Paladino broke education and municipal law by publicly disclosing information from an executive session.
The commissioner agreed.