May 7th - 11:40 pm
Former New York Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino was elected to public office, even if it is on a smaller scale. Paladino was elected to the Buffalo Public School Board of Education winning 79 percent of the vote in Buffalo’s Park District.
“Today the children of the City of Buffalo won a big, big battle,” Paladino told supporters at a rally Tuesday Night.
Despite being slammed by inflamatory mailers, Paladino defeated his opponent in the race by a 4-1 margin. More than 3,200 people cast ballots in the South Buffalo district Paladino was running in.
The increased media attention pushed voter turnout in Paladino’s race to an unoffical 14 percent. Voter particpation was literally 10 times higher than it was in the last school board election three years ago.
Feb 28th - 2:54 pm
Carl Paladino, the Republican former gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman, was in Albany today for the large gun-rights rally at the west Capitol park, but he was keeping a far lower profile than the one several weeks earlier.
Paladino was so well hidden in the crowd, wearing a baseball cap and winter overcoat that I walked right by him until he got my attention by tapping me on the shoulder.
His review today’s event?
“Friggin’ awesome,” he said. “It’s really good. This is what the message is about here. These people coming here on their day off from their work, because they’re all working men, they’re all taxpayers, they’re all heart and soul New Yorkers. It’s just an awesome experience.”
Paladino said Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems “virtually” unbeatable in 2014 given the Democratic majority in the state and because of he is giving people “ice cream” — which I’m assuming is a metaphor.
“It’s not that he can’t win in 2014 because he’s got so many, so many, people that he feeds ice cream to and he’s built up such a Democratic majority in this state it’s virtually impossible to take him down. But certainly the mistreatment of the people they tried to do here is coming to an end,” he said.
Paladino said he was concentrating on his run for school board in Buffalo, not a possible 2014 rematch against Cuomo.
“I’m running for school board right now and then I have to go clean that mess up and then I’ll worry about anything else I have to do in life,” he said.
Paladino acknowledged that it’s unlikely the gun control law would be overturned in the Legislature or by Cuomo, but was hopeful a court challenge would be successful.
Cuomo, he said, was simply trying to raise his own profile by passing the law.
“It’s not about the principle of the law,” he said. ”For him it was about fulfilling his miserable ego.”
Feb 19th - 3:47 pm
With yet another rally at the Capitol — the third in the last several weeks — to oppose the month-old gun control law, Republican former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is again urging his supporters to come to Albany and demonstrate against the law.
Paladino was here last week for a rally that, if anything, highlighted the struggles within the conservative voter base over the measure, even if polls show most New Yorkers are in favor of updating the state’s assault weapons ban.
Next week rally will be held on Feb. 28 and this time it’s sponsored by the New York Rifle and Pistol Association.
Now Paladino is calling attention to another measure that contributes to the so-called “slipper slope” argument about gun control — namely the theory that one gun control law opens the door to other, even more Draconian measures.
The Buffalo businessman in a blast email sent a few days ago called attention to a little-noticed measure carried by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz that would require up to $1 million in limited liability insurance for anyone who owns a firearm.
From the bill memo:
“This legislation establishes and requires gun-owners to obtain and maintain liability insurance policy prior to such ownership. By having this insurance policy in place, innocent victims of gun-related accidents and violence will be compensated for the medical care for their injuries.”
That Ortiz’s bill stands little chance of passing seems like a given after the passage of the sweeping law last month and the expending of political capital to do so.
For now, he is listed as the only sponsor in the Assembly and there is no companion bill in the state Senate.
Feb 12th - 1:59 pm
The spokesman for Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos this afternoon blasted former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino in a comment-without-commenting statement that resurrects a line of attack used by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2010 campaign.
The statement comes after Paladino called Skelos a “bum” and that he should resign, ostensibly over the gun control law passage, but also for his working relationship with Cuomo over the last two years.
In the statement, spokesman Scott Reif calls Paladino a failed candidate “looking to extend his 15 minutes of fame.”
“We’re not going to comment on any statements from a failed former gubernatorial candidate looking to extend his 15 minutes of fame, especially one who has received millions of dollars in tax breaks from the same State government he so often criticizes. Most New Yorkers recognize that it was Senator Skelos’ leadership that allowed us to enact a property tax cap, eliminate the MTA payroll tax for thousands of businesses and all schools, rightsize state government, expand the DNA databank to help prosecutors fight crime, mandate life without parole for anyone who kills a first responder and increase penalties for criminals who use illegal guns. We’re proud of the many conservative victories that have been achieved in the last three years.”
Cuomo and Democrats knocked Paladino, a Buffalo businessman with numerous real-estate investments, for having taken tax breaks over the years from New York state.
Paladino was in Albany today to rally against the gun control law that passed nearly a month ago.
Several Senate Republicans were at the event, but backed Skelos for negotiating the measure that produced several anti-crime provisions that had languished in the Legislature.
Feb 12th - 10:58 am
Republican former gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino is back in Albany today for a large anti-gun control rally — an event that is not only sharply criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s work to pass the law, but Senate Republicans.
Adding a different dimension to the rally, some GOP lawmakers upset with the law’s passage are appearing at the rally with Paladino today.
It doesn’t help matters that Paladino is calling on Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos to resign.
“Skelos should get out of town,” Paladino told reporters at the Capitol before the rally started. “He should go and find himself a job at a car wash. He’s a bum and he’s a cowardly bum.”
Paladino decried the Senate Republican leadership — including Sens. Tom Libous and George Maziarz who both voted against the law — for being Republicans in name only.
“The people of the state of New York voted Republicans out of office for a reason. They can’t identify with the Republican Party. The Republican Party is in total disarray,” Paladino said, adding, “You got a bunch of RINOS running around pretending that they’re Republicans and the people — the rank and file — came out and voted in primary.”
Paladino, fueled in part by the tea party in 2010, upset preferred nominee former Rep. Rick Lazio in a September primary and lost in a landslide to Cuomo that November. Last year he threatened to fund primary efforts against several Senate Republicans, but those efforts largely failed.
But the Buffalo businessman remains deeply upset with the state’s Republican Party leadership and the Senate GOP.
“You got a whole bunch of people sitting in the state Senate calling themselves Republicans, but that’s in name only because they’re playing their games,” Paladino said. “Why do they do that? To perpetuate themselves in office, to line their pockets, to have the power of the seat and that’s what it’s about.”
Paladino did have kind words for his running mate, Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards, who in a Capital Tonight interview did not rule out running for governor in 2014. Edwards was actually the original running mate of Lazio, but in a quirk won his primary against Paladino’s preferred bottom half of the ticket, Tom Ognibene.
“I would highly support that,” Paladino said.
In the middle of the question and answer session, Sen. Greg Ball walked by and shouted, “Give ‘em hell Carl!”
Feb 11th - 12:58 pm
Republican former gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino sent this email out wide with instructions for protesters coming into Albany tomorrow for the anti-gun control rally at the Capitol. It promises to be interesting, judging by the photo illustration here.
Interestingly enough, Paladino also included the names of the Republican state senators who voted in favor of the law: Philip Boyle, John Flanagan, Charles Fuschillo, Martin Golden, Mark Grisanti, Kemp Hannon, Andrew Lanza, Kenneth LaValle, Carl Marcellino, Jack Martins and Republican Leader Dean Skelos.
Recall that Paladino said last year he would fund primary campaigns against Senate Republicans, which ultimately showed little success.
Several Republican lawmakers who opposed the gun control law passed in January are due to appear the rally tomorrow, including Sens. Greg Ball and Kathy Marchione.
A separate rally in favor of the law’s passage will also be held on the Million Dollar Staircase at the Capitol.
Feb 6th - 11:14 am
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is returning to Albany.
Paladino, along with several Senate Republican lawmakers, will take part in a large anti-gun control rally to be held on Tuesday at the state Capitol here in Albany.
Plans for the rally were announced this morning by Unite New York, a firearm advocacy group. The event comes on the heels of a sweeping gun control law that passed last month in Albany that updates the state’s assault weapons ban and limits the number of rounds in a high-capacity magazine.
Though several Republican lawmakers in the Senate backed the law, GOP leader Dean Skelos said on Tuesday that in hindsight the conference may “have acted in haste.” He told reporters yesterday that chapter amendments to the law will be rolled out next week.
Complicating matters has been conference members within the Senate Republicans who are strident opponents of the law, with three of them — Sens. Kathy Marchione Greg Ball and Lee Zeldin — taking part in the rally next week.
Paladino last year pledged to support primaries against incumbent Senate Republicans, though none of his direct efforts were successful.
Despite the law passing nearly a month ago, emotions — and tempers — over the measure remain hot. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin on Tuesday apologized after he said Hitler and Mussolini would have been proud of Cuomo’s push on gun control.
Jan 24th - 11:18 pm
Outspoken Buffalo businessman and former Republican candidate for Governor Carl Paladino is considering running for the school board. Paladino told YNN Buffalo’s Kait Munro, Thursday, a run for a seat on the Buffalo Public Schools Board of Education was a possibility.
Paladino made the announcement a day after he blasted the school board during the public comment portion of Wednesday Night’s meeting. Paladino issued a challenge to the district after what he called a failer to reform low performing schools.
”You had an opportunity to do something better for the kids. And you failed in it. So I’m back, and I’m coming after you. And I want you to resign, as a board, all of you.”
Paladino said he’d only run if another strong candidate from Buffalo’s south sub-district doesn’t step forward.
The board’s south seat is now held by Lou Petrucci, who has served on the board since 2007. School board elections in City of Buffalo are held in May.
Jan 21st - 6:47 pm
Buffalo business and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino blasted the gun control law approved last week as a “cosmetic bill” done only to burnish Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s national standing.
The comments came in a YouTube video from a anti-gun control rally over the weekend that Paladino emailed links to this evening.
In all, it was very much vintage Paladino of 2010, when the tea party movement was reaching its zenith across the country and he road a conservative wave of dissatisfaction with Albany to defeat former Rep. Rick Lazio in a Republican primary.
Paladino also slammed Albany lawmakers who voted for the bill, including Buffalo Sens. Mark Grisanti, a Republican, and Tim Kennedy, a Democrat.
Paladino had pledged last year to fund primary campaigns against Republican senators, but in the end Kevin Stocker failed to take the GOP line from Grisanti.
But he singled out Cuomo’s “vanity” and insistence on getting the bill through the Legislature quickly.
“He’s all about himself,” Paladino said of Cuomo. ”We don’t care if the polls say this or that. You can’t take away the rights.”
That was followed by a chant of “impeach Cuomo” from the crowd.
Later in the video, Paladino criticizes Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s support for a state version of the Dream Act, and Cuomo’s legislation that would expand abortion and reproductive rights.
Nov 7th - 12:06 am
Former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, also known as Upstate’s Donald Trump, comments on the presidential election saying Romney was “shallow” and didn’t appeal to true conservative values.