After longstanding pressure by local advocates, the Buffalo school board elections may soon be moved from May to November. Both houses of the New York State Legislature passed a bill supporting the change on Thursday.
Less than seven percent of eligible voters turned out for Buffalo’s Board of Education elections last month. Local advocates want to change that – and change the date of the elections. They called on the New York State Legislature to address the issue before the end of its session at a press conference on Tuesday.
Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino tried to knock his opponent out of the May 3 school board election. 18-year-old Hutch Tech student Austin Harig of South Buffalo defended his nominating petitions Thursday morning at an Erie County Board of Election.
WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley said Austin Harig will defend his nominating petitions at an Erie County Board of Election hearing in an attempt to run against Carl Paladino for the Park District school board seat.