Election 2016: Buffalo School Board

Apr 29, 2016

The Buffalo School Board elections will be held Tuesday, May 3. Six board seats will be decided by eligible city voters.

Door to the meeting room of the Buffalo Board of Education at City Hall.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Park District

In the Park District, incumbent Carl Paladino is facing opposition from 18-year-old city school student Austin Harig. Paladino is certainly the most visible member of the city school board as a key part of the current board majority. As WBFO's Mike Desmond reports, Paladino is working to keep it that way.  

Incumbent Park District School Board member Carl Paladino.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Hutch Tech High School senior Austin Harig, who is taking on the powerful Paladino. The South Buffalo teen won a petition challenge for a spot on next Tuesday's ballot.  

18-year-old Austin Harig running against Carl Paladino for the Park District School Board seat.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Mike Desmond


West District

In the city's West District, incumbent and School Board President James Sampson has been knocked off the ballot against opponent Jennifer Mecozzi. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has that story.

Buffalo School Board President James Sampson at recent meeting.
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Jennifer Mecozzi, candidate for West District school board seat.
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East District

Incumbent Theresa Harris-Tigg will be the only candidate on the ballot for the East District race. WBFO's Michael Mroziak talks with Harris-Tigg about her work on the current school board.

Theresa Harris-Tigg at the school board table.
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Harris-Tigg's opponents, Colleen Russell and Patricia Elliott, were both knocked-off the ballot.  Both failed to return the needed 500-valid signatures. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports both are expected to be write-in candidates.  

Colleen Russell is expected to be a write-in candidate.
Credit Photo from the Colleen Russell for School Board Facebook page

Patricia Elliott, expected to be a write-in candidate.
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North District

North District incubment Jay McCarthy has been a pretty visible member of the majority coalition of the Buffalo school board. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

North District Board member Jay McCarthy at the school board table.
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Buffalo Attorney Hope Jay in her downtown office.
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McCarthy's opponent is Buffalo Attorney and school parent Hope Jay. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.

Central District

Incumbent Mary Ruth Kapsiak decided not to seek re-election seeking re-election.  She was first elected in 2007. Two candidates are now vying for the vacant seat Paulette Woods and Byron McIntyre.  McIntyre is the vice president of the District Parent Coordinating Council and school parent.  Paulette Woods, who works the Erie County Probation Department as a senior budget examiner, but has extensive work with youth after spending 12-years in the Erie County Youth Department. 

Byron McIntyre.
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Paulette Woods in a recent interview with WUFO radio on YouTube discusses her work with youth in Erie County.
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