Buffalo Common Council member Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. Friday said he has removed himself from the council's Education Committee – after the Buffalo School Board asked that he be permanently banned from the committee, two weeks after he brought a loaded handgun into Riverside High School.
"I fully understand the deep concerns of the leadership of the Buffalo Public School District which is why I have already removed myself from the Education Committee and also have already formally announced that I am not seeking reappointment as Education Committee Chair," Wingo wrote in the statement released to news media Friday.
The School Board earlier issued a statement requesting Wingo be banned from the Council's Education Committee.
"As a consequence of his irresponsible and illegal behavior, the Buffalo Board of Education requests that Buffalo Common Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. be permanently removed from membership and the chairmanship of the Common Council Education Committee effective immediately," read a resolution slated to be submitted at the next regular board meeting June 19.
On May 14, Wingo entered Riverside for a scholarship announcement when he realized that he was carrying a loaded handgun. He has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and he told the principal about his gun and checked it in, at the office.
Firearms are prohibited on school property for anyone other than law enforcement officers, district officials have said.
The Masten Council member was barred from Buffalo Public Schools property following the incident and stepped down as chairman of the Education Committee during the investigation.
In his statement Friday, Wingo said: "I have fully cooperated with all investigations and will continue to do so. I recognize the painful mistake I made and again, I apologize to the community and to my family."
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn determined Wingo had broken a law when he brought the gun into the school, but that he would not file charges against him.
News Staff Reporter Harold McNeil contributed to this report.