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Carl Paladino

Carl Paladino
Member of the Buffalo Public Schools Board of Education
from the Park District
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
Preceded by Lou Petrucci
Leader of the Taxpayers Party of New York
In office
August 10, 2010 – November 2, 2010
Personal details
Born Carl Pasquale Paladino
(1946-08-24) August 24, 1946
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic (Before 2005)
Republican (2005–present)
Spouse(s) Mary Catherine Hannon (1970–present)
Children William
Alma mater St. Bonaventure University
Syracuse University
Website Campaign website

Carl Pasquale Paladino[1] (born August 24, 1946) is an American businessman and political activist from Buffalo, New York. Paladino is the founder and chairman of Ellicott Development Company, a real estate development company he founded in 1973.[2]

Paladino ran for Governor of New York in the 2010 election. He pulled off an upset by winning the Republican primary over Rick Lazio, but lost in a landslide to Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the general election - 63% to 33%. Paladino's candidacy was supported by the Tea Party movement[3] and by unusually strong support in his native Western New York; his campaign platform emphasized fiscal reform and improvement of the state's educational system.[4][5]


  • Early life, education and career 1
    • Political history 1.1
    • Gubernatorial campaign 1.2
    • Founding of the Taxpayers Party 1.3
    • Results 1.4
  • Political positions 2
    • Fiscal issues 2.1
    • Native affairs 2.2
    • Government reform 2.3
    • Firearms 2.4
    • Social issues 2.5
    • Miscellaneous 2.6
  • Campaign controversies 3
  • 2012 endorsements 4
  • 2013 School Board Election 5
  • Personal life 6
  • See also 7
  • Notes 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life, education and career

Paladino's parents emigrated from Italy to the United States. His father participated in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.[6] Paladino was raised in the Lovejoy District of Buffalo[7] and attended Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School in South Buffalo. Paladino attended St. Bonaventure University and the Syracuse University College of Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1971. He spent three months on active duty in the United States Army and approximately ten years in the reserve, separating in 1981 at the rank of Captain.[8] Paladino founded Ellicott Development in 1973; the company buys properties, builds stores, and leases them to national retail outlets and government agencies.[9] The company has operations in Western New York, Central New York and portions of Pennsylvania.

Paladino is part of the consortium that acquired the Fort Erie Race Track in August 2014.[10]

In addition to his business developments, Paladino also is a senior managing partner in the law firm of Paladino, Cavan and Quinlivin, a firm that specializes in corporate and real estate law.

Political history

Paladino registered with the

Party political offices
Preceded by
John Faso
Republican nominee for Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Rob Astorino
Conservative nominee for Governor of New York
New political party Taxpayers nominee for Governor of New York
Succeeded by
none—party abolished
  • Paladino for the Peopleofficial campaign site
  • Ellicott Development official business site

External links

  • McCarthy, Robert and Tom Precious (2010-04-04). Is New York ready for Carl Paladino?. The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  • Conservative Developer Joins Race for Governor The New York Times.


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See also

During his concession speech, Paladino gave a heartfelt address to his late son, Patrick. Nancy Naples, chairwoman of the Paladino campaign told the New York Times that Paladino gained a feeling of emotional closure through his gubernatorial campaign. After his vote on election day, he gathered with relatives for a prayer service dedicated to his son. Paladino had stated that running for governor was something his son wanted him to do.[115]

Paladino was honored in 1991 by the City of Buffalo as Buffalonian of the Year and in 1993 as Alumnus of the Year by St. Bonaventure University.

Paladino resides in the South Buffalo portion of the city of Buffalo,[111] and is married to Mary Catherine Hannon. They had three children: William Paladino, Danielle Jacobs, and Patrick Paladino (who died March 30, 2009, from injuries received in an automobile accident). Paladino also has a teenage daughter from an extramarital relationship with his former employee, Suzanne Brady.[112] He has five grandchildren.[113] He owns a pit bull named Duke, which he has taken with him on his campaign stops.[114]

Personal life

Paladino defeated Adrian Harris by a 4 to 1 margin on May 7, 2013 and was sworn in on July 1.[110]

On February 28, 2013, Paladino announced his candidacy for the South Buffalo seat on the school board of Buffalo Public Schools. A longtime vocal critic of the school board, Paladino chose to run in opposition of teachers union head Phil Rumore and superintendent Pamela Brown, whose hiring (as well as every other non-interim superintendent hire in the past two decades) Paladino has speculated was at least partially motivated by race.[109]

2013 School Board Election

[108] All three candidates lost.[107] Paladino continued to make endorsements for the

Paladino endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election and campaigned for him in New Hampshire.[106] He also campaigned for Gingrich in New York; Paladino's impact was noted in Niagara, Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties, counties that Paladino had carried in 2010; Gingrich, despite no longer being a serious contender for the nomination, polled strongly enough to prevent Romney (who was already the presumptive nominee at the time) from gaining a majority in those counties.

2012 endorsements

In response to the controversies, Paladino took responsibility for them, saying "This the first time I have ever run for public office and yes, I let things get out of hand. It’s my responsibility. Nobody else’s. I have also learned what monsters the press can be."[105]

On October 10, Paladino was criticized for "anti-gay remarks" to Orthodox Rabbis in Brooklyn.[100] The speech was discovered to have been prepared by Rabbi Yehuda Levin.[101] Paladino apologized for his comments, saying that "The portrayal of me as anti-gay is inconsistent with my lifelong beliefs and actions and my prior history as an father, employer and friend to many in the gay and lesbian community,"[102] He later said he meant what he had said, but regretted not wording it differently.[103] In response to this apology, Rabbi Levin rescinded his endorsement of Paladino.[104]

In a statement to The Politico on September 29, 2010, Paladino asked why the media was concerned with any of his extramarital affairs, and not asking similar questions of Andrew Cuomo.[93] New York Post columnist Fredric U. Dicker confronted Paladino at a meeting of the New York State Business Council later that evening and insisted that Paladino produce evidence about any accusations against Cuomo, but Paladino alleged the Post had followed and photographed Paladino's daughter several days prior to the appearance, and demanded that Dicker not do it again or he would "take him out."[94] Paladino later said he did not know of any actual affairs, and that the implication was not intended.[95] The New York Post '​s editor in chief, Col Allen, in a statement released on Politico, said the Post did not send a photographer to the house of Paladino's daughter.[96] Two days later, Allen admitted to sending photographer Christopher Sadowski and reporter Amber Sutherland to the 10-year old's house on two occasions but said the New York Post would not print the photographs their staff snapped of the child from outside the house.[97] After the first visit, Sutherland wrote a story featuring photographs of the young girl's mother in the New York Post. Michael Caputo claimed he spoke to Sutherland who confirmed Dicker was her "team leader" for coverage of the child.[98] Paladino told New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser to clear Sutherland and Sadowski away from the child's windows before resuming an interview with her in Queens, and Peyser called Fred Dicker in front of Paladino to get that done.[99]

In April 2010, a local progressive Web site released a series of racist and sexually explicit e-mails that purported to be from Paladino. Paladino acknowledged some of them were indeed circulated by him among a circle of friends, mostly in the construction industry.[87] Campaign manager Michael Caputo initially stated that the authenticity of some of the e-mails could not be verified[88] and continues to maintain that the e-mails were "of questionable origin;"[89] the site themselves could not identify the anonymous source of the e-mails and was only able to verify them through a series of cc: addresses included with the package of e-mails.[90] Paladino acknowledged that some of the e-mails were authentic, but denied that he originated any of them, saying that he was nevertheless "somewhat careless" about forwarding them to others[91] Paladino admitted many of these emails were "off-color" and could be considered offensive, took responsibility for them, and apologized.[92]

Campaign controversies

With regard to a planned Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City, in late July, 2010, Paladino issued a radio ad which stated, "As Governor, I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument to those who attacked our country." [84][85] He added that the mosque should not be built within a range of "the dust cloud containing human remains [of the 9/11 victims] traveled".[86]

[83] He would then endorse his lieutenant governor for the 2014 gubernatorial election.[82] Paladino has pledged himself to one term in office and, like fellow businessmen-turned-politicians

Paladino does not object to raising the minimum wage.[12] He does object to excessive regulations on businesses.[12] One regulation he does support is the elimination of food trucks in the city of Buffalo, in part because they do not have the requirement of paying property taxes as brick-and-mortar businesses must, giving the mobile vendors an advantage that Paladino believes is unfair.[81]

He opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and says that he believes that the long-term impact of the act would be just as memorable and possibly more deadly than the September 11 attacks.[80] If elected, he would file a lawsuit to have the law overturned.[12]

He is firmly in favor of drilling in the Marcellus Formation.[79]


He is pro-life and favors adoption over abortion even in cases of rape or incest.[77] Abortion would not be a legislative priority if he were to be elected, but he would continue to personally advocate against abortion.[78] He opposes allowing minors to abort a pregnancy without the permission or notification of the minor's parents; he has also castigated lawmakers who have voted in favor of allowing late-term abortions past 24 weeks.[66]

He personally opposes Yehuda Levin on 10 October 2010, Paladino said, “I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”[73] He later stated that he did not agree with the statement and had not fully proofread the speech before he read it.[74] He has said he would take a more libertarian stance on the matter in regard to state policy; he follows a "live and let live" approach to the topic of homosexuality,[72] actively opposes discrimination against homosexuals,[71] and encourages a statewide referendum on allowing same-sex marriage in the state, saying that he would honor the result of said referendum.[75] If the state legislature were to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage or civil unions without a referendum, he would veto it.[76] He has accused Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act of selling out their votes.[66]

Social issues

Paladino, who has a handgun permit and "carries wherever it is legal,"[67] is strongly in favor of firearm ownership and Second Amendment rights; he seeks to repeal the NYS Assault Weapon Ban.[68] He has participated in rallies against the NY SAFE Act.


[66] announcing his support of challenger Karen Bisso, Paladino indicated that the "tier 6" pension reforms implemented by the Cuomo administration were wholly inadequate and "nothing more than hype."Janet Duprey Some of these proposals would require amendments to the state constitution. In an open letter to Assemblywoman [46] He is willing to support a hard property tax cap, such as the one Cuomo proposes, if it is part of a broader effort to cut spending.[65] In response to criticisms regarding Paladino's existing leases to the state, he has stated that he is willing to renegotiate the prices he charges for the leases once they expire, and he would put most of his assets in trust, turning over operations of the company to his son. (Ellicott Development's leases currently charge a "below average" rate as it is, according to the state.)[58] He does not support a reduction in operational aid for school districts and believes the budget can be balanced without reducing that aid.[47], with a single appointed superintendent, and also consolidate other local town and village operations at that level. He is currently considering a solution for districts that span multiple counties.county level at the school districts He also proposes supermajority approval of any tax increase. At the local government level, he would consolidate the operations of most [58] He supports moving the due date of the state budget, currently set for April 1, back to July 1 so that tax revenue can be better evaluated.[43] and the 2010 budget negotiations.2009 New York State Senate leadership crisis Paladino has proposed the use of repeatedly calling special sessions to pressure uncooperative legislators into passing his legislation, much as current governor Paterson did during the [64] and the Bridge and Tunnel Authorities.Thruway Authority Similarly, the state Department of Transportation would, under Paladino's proposal, absorb the currently independent [55].New York Power Authority, and the Adirondack Park Agency the [63] the Off-Track Betting Corporation,[56],Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Empire State Development Corporation the [44] the Lower Manhattan Development Agency,[42] Paladino supports hard

Government reform

He supported proposals to enforce excise tax laws on Indian tribes such as the Iroquois who have so far refused to pay said taxes and promised severe punishment if the tribes protested, stating: "The fact that the past three governors have neglected to go up and enforce the law because they're afraid of somebody standing on top of a police car or they're afraid of somebody burning some tires in the street, that's not me. Let one of them stand on top of a police car in my administration, it would be the last time they stood on top of a police car."[59] He believes the tribes are run by a cabal of "fifteen to twenty thugs" who are using their price advantage to benefit themselves and not the general populace of their reservations.[60] He supports the review and potential revocation of land claims given to the Iroquois;[59] in particular, he believes the Turning Stone Resort & Casino is operating illegally and should be shut down.[61] Ellicott Development had sold the land where the current Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino stands for between US$1,300,000[61] and US$3,750,000,[11] and Paladino claims he only received $47,000 from the Seneca nation for the land and that the plans for the casino were far different than the ones that were proposed at the time, incorporating hotels and restaurants that Paladino opposes.[11]

Native affairs

In the past, Paladino has called for a constitutional convention to make changes in the state constitution, which, he argued, creates a welfare state and contributes to many of the state's problems. He has proposed increasing the frequency of constitutional convention referendums, currently set for every 20 years with the next one scheduled for 2017, down to 10 years,[47] with the next one moved up to 2011.[44] He has also expressed distaste for public service labor unions, which he has compared to pigs,[50] and is an outspoken critic of state laws such as the Wicks Law, which sets prevailing wage requirements,[46] and the Taylor Law, which gives unions significant negotiating advantages in exchange for prohibiting them from striking. He promised to take a hard line in negotiations with unions, whose contracts expire in April 2011,[43] and would have refused to grant them favorable conditions.[44] Non-union employees would have seen immediate pay cuts of 10 percent.[51] He supported current governor David Paterson's efforts to furlough state employees.[52] In the event of a late budget, he would have shut down most levels of government except those related to public health and safety.[53] Paladino would have first targeted what he considered to be patronage jobs for elimination; i.e., those who, according to him, received their jobs as political favors and through family connections.[54][55] Deputy commissioners would be another target for elimination.[56] He would also have relied on the state's rank and file to target persons "incapable for whatever reason of performing their functions at a cost productive level,"[54] and hoped to eliminate 60,000 jobs from the state workforce through these reductions.[43] He would have sought to eliminate numerous perks such as state-owned take-home vehicles.[57] He sought to institute a merit-based pay system and end automatic raises.[58] Paladino favored what he called "school choice," saying it would "put some competition in the marketplace" against the New York State United Teachers.[27] Paladino also supported converting some minimum security prisons into Civilian Conservation Corps-style job camps for unemployed youth, which he dubbed the "Dignity Corps," a program he based on both the CCC and the work of a local mission in Buffalo.[47][55]

Paladino planned to use interpretations of the Constitution of the State of New York to declare a fiscal state of emergency, which he would then use to freeze compensation of state, municipal and school employees[42][43] and cut the state budget by 10 to 20 percent. He proposed closing off welfare services to those who come from out of state to receive benefits, by placing a minimum residency requirement of one year before anyone could claim state benefits. He sought to cut the state's Medicaid budget by nearly 30%, or $20 billion[44] ($10 billion from the state's share, the other $10 billion coming from the county and federal shares)[45] by making significant cuts to benefits, reducing reimbursement rates,[46] requiring identification, fingerprints and drug testing in order to receive benefits,[47] and training family members to take care of people who would otherwise be in long-term care.[48] He planned to eliminate state capital gains taxes and corporate franchise taxes, at a cost of approximately $1 billion.[49]

Fiscal issues

Paladino's campaign platform emphasized fiscal reform in Albany and improvement of the state's educational system.[4][5]

Political positions

Preliminary results showed Paladino earning 1,406,382 votes, or 34% of the total tally. He finished second to Andrew Cuomo, who had 61% of the vote.[35] Paladino won all eight counties in the Buffalo media market but only a few counties outside of that region, all of which were rural counties in upstate New York. Paladino helped propel the Conservative Party into third place on the ballot for the first time since losing the line in 1998, retaking the ballot line from the Independence Party of New York by drawing more votes on the Conservative line than Andrew Cuomo did on the Independence line. The Taxpayers line failed to achieve 50,000 votes, in part due to poor ballot location (the line was last on the ballot and on most ballots was placed in a second column).[36][37] Paladino's strong showing also propelled Erie County into first place in the New York Republican Party's vote weighting; its votes will count 11.53% in state party votes, up from the previous 6.98%.[38] After the election, Paladino indicated that it would be the last one in which he would be a candidate.[39] Paladino, who lives in the 27th congressional district, was considering a run in the New York's 26th congressional district special election, 2011,[40] but later ruled out a run for that seat, endorsing eventual Republican nominee Jane Corwin, who lost to Kathleen Hochul.[41]

County results of the 2010 election, with counties won by Paladino in red.


[34] Paladino's campaign submitted 30,000 signatures for the Taxpayers line on August 10, 2010. The line has drawn interest from other potential candidates for state office, and several state legislature candidates have filed petitions under the "Taxpayers" banner.[32] already have Conservative Party endorsements and the party does not seek to divide the Republican and conservative vote.Harry Wilson and Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. because Republican nominees [33] Paladino also plans on founding a "Taxpayers Party" line, which will also field

The Taxpayers Party is seen on this ballot on the lefthand side of the second row.

Founding of the Taxpayers Party

Paladino held a two-week boat tour at the end of May 2010 along the Erie Canal to acquaint himself with the rest of upstate New York.[25] He began a television and radio advertising campaign in July of that year, including local TV stations as well as national ads on the Fox News Channel.[26] He has frequently called for debates, first with Lazio (who declined) and now with Cuomo; Paladino has stated that he encourages minor-party candidates to be included in debates,[27] echoing a call from Howie Hawkins and Warren Redlich, two of the minor-party candidates in the race, to be included in debates.[28] All seven candidates were scheduled to debate on October 18. Paladino had indicated a willingness to spend more than $10,000,000 of his own personal wealth on his campaign, with much of that spending being recycled to Ellicott Development.[29]

Paladino originally planned on seeking the nomination of the Conservative Party of New York but dropped out of that nomination battle because party chairman Michael Long allowed him only two minutes of speech time to make his case.[21] As a result, he skipped the party convention and was unable to garner enough support to get the Conservative Party's nomination, with that going to Rick Lazio, Republican known for his support of abortion rights, and gun control. In Paladino's place on the primary ballot was Ralph Lorigo, the chairman of the Erie County Conservative Party and a supporter of Paladino's campaign. Lorigo, being a party member, only needed 25% of the weighted vote at the party's convention on May 28, 2010 to get on the primary ballot instead of the majority required by non-party members. Lorigo joined forces with Steve Levy's supporters to get 42% of the weighted vote. Lorigo and Lazio faced off in the September primary. If Lorigo had won the primary, he could have moved out of state or accepted a nomination for a New York State Supreme Court judgeship, clearing the line and allowing the Conservative Party to pick someone else through a committee. Family members of Paladino's campaign ran Lorigo's campaign, including Paladino's brother, Joseph Paladino, and Caputo's father, Raymond Caputo.[22] Lazio defeated Lorigo in the Conservative primary by a 60-40 margin, only to drop out two weeks later. Long later indicated he would endorse Paladino and encourage his allies to nominate him as Lazio's replacement.[23] Lazio was nominated by the Bronx Republican Party for a state Supreme Court judgeship, legally enabling him to be removed from the Conservative line as a gubernatorial candidate.[24]

In the primary election on September 14, 2010, Paladino, with heavy support in his native Western New York, defeated Lazio. In the primary for Lieutenant Governor, however, Ognibene, who had been selected by Paladino, lost to Lazio's choice, Greg Edwards. The Paladino-Edwards ticket competed in November against Democrat Andrew Cuomo and his running mate, Robert Duffy, as well as several minor-party candidates.

Paladino vied with Rick Lazio, Steve Levy, and Myers Mermel for the Republican nomination. At the state Republican convention, Paladino received 8 percent of the weighted vote; only delegates from Erie and Orleans counties voted for him. He fell short of the 25 percent needed for automatic ballot access. Paladino had 3,000 volunteers circulating petitions in an effort to force a primary election. With a legal minimum requirement of 15,000 signatures to force a primary, he aimed for 40,000 signatures[19] and submitted 28,000, enough of which were valid.[20]

On April 5, 2010, Paladino officially entered the race for Governor of New York.[16] Tom Ognibene, the former minority leader of the New York City Council, was his chosen running mate. Michael Caputo was Paladino's manager for the campaign. John Haggerty, who is currently under investigation for funneling money between Michael Bloomberg and the Independence Party of New York, is in charge of circulating petitions. Roger Stone has acted as a supporter and advisor for the campaign and has stated that despite his earlier agreement to work as the campaign manager for another candidate, Kristin Davis, that Davis is a protest candidate and Paladino is the one Stone wants to win; Stone recommended Caputo, a former employee of his, to the Paladino campaign.[17] Tom Golisano, an American businessman and philanthropist who ran three gubernatorial campaigns on third-party lines, is also advising the campaign.[18]

Gubernatorial campaign

Paladino filed a lawsuit against Buffalo Public Schools in July 2012, citing abuse of executive session and lack of transparency in the process of awarding a contract to the district's new superintendent.[14] The lawsuit was thrown out of court within a week of its filing; Paladino plans on appealing the decision.[15]

In October 2011, Paladino filed a lawsuit against National Grid and Verizon (the primary electric and telephone utilities in Western New York, respectively) for what Paladino alleged were exorbitant fees the two companies charged for services, alleging that the New York State Public Service Commission failed to prevent "collusion, overbilling, mis-billing and fraud."[13]

In 2009, Paladino involved himself on behalf of South Buffalo councilman Michael Kearns in Buffalo's Democratic primary mayoral election, campaigning against incumbent Byron Brown. He again endorsed Kearns in the New York State Assembly race to replace current Buffalo city comptroller Mark J. F. Schroeder in 2012.

Paladino helped lead a campaign to remove the toll barriers on Interstate 190 in the mid-2000s. After finding a state law that required the state to remove the tolls once the bonds for that portion of the thruway had been paid off (which took place in 1996), Paladino threatened to sue, and the Thruway Authority removed the tolls.[11]

. Ronald Reagan Paladino's campaign site features a 1980s picture of himself alongside former President [12];Hugh Carey and former New York governor James D. Griffin in the mold of former Buffalo mayor Reagan Democrat During his time as a Democrat, he generally considered himself a conservative [11]

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