- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A one-time candidate for New York governor who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama has taken the stand at a hearing to determine whether he should remain on a school board.

Carl Paladino is fighting an attempt by fellow Buffalo board members to remove him. He’s accused of disclosing information about teacher contract negotiations discussed in closed-door sessions.

Anti-Paladino protesters chanted outside during Tuesday’s session before the education commissioner in Albany. On the stand, Paladino described his displeasure with the teachers’ contract but didn’t admit wrongdoing in discussing it after it was approved.

The Republican Paladino was co-chairman of Donald Trump’s New York presidential campaign. He says board members want him out because of comments he made about Obama: He told a newspaper he wanted to see Obama dead of mad cow disease.

The hearing’s expected to conclude Wednesday.

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