Carl P. Paladino

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Carl P. Paladino
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Former candidate for
Governor of New York
Prior offices
Buffalo Board of Education
2013 - Present
High schoolBishop Timon – St. Jude High School
Bachelor'sSt. Bonaventure University
J.D.Syracuse University College of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1971 - 1981
Office website
Personal website
Carl P. Paladino (b. August 20, 1946) was the 2010 Republican candidate for Governor of New York. Paladino is also the Park Subdistrict school board member for Buffalo Public Schools. He was first elected to the board for a three-year term in 2013.[1]

He considered a run for governor in 2014 but did not file by the deadline.[2]


Carl P. Paladino is a native of Buffalo, New York, where he still resides. He is a first-generation American; both of his parents emigrated from Italy.

After completing law school in 1971, Paladino spent a decade in the U.S. Army; three years on active duty and another seven in the reserves. hen he left the Army in 1981, he held the rank of Captain.

In 1973, he founded Ellicott Development Company. Paladino has spent much of his career building his real estate development company; the endeavor has made him a multimillionaire and he pledged to spend up to $10 million of his personal fortune on his quest for the New York governorship.

He is also the senior managing partner with Paladino, Cavan and Quinlivin, a law firm specializing in real estate law.

Paladino initially joined the Democratic party when he registered to vote in 1974. In 2005, he switched his affiliation to the GOP.

Carl has been married to Mary Catherine Hannon since 1970. Together, they had four children; two sons and two daughters. In 2009, their son Patrick died in an auto accident.

In the course of his gubernatorial campaign, it was revealed that Paladino also has a young daughter from an affair he conducted for several years.


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1971
  • St. Bonaventure University, B.A. 1968
  • Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School



See also: New York gubernatorial election, 2014

Paladino considered a run for election as Governor of New York in 2014 on the Conservative Party line, saying, “If the Republicans don’t get rid of Skelos and Kolb, I would seriously consider taking a Conservative nod in order to put the Conservative Party on Line 2."[3]


Paladino defeated fellow newcomer Adrian Harris for the Park Subdistrict seat on the Buffalo school board on May 7, 2013.

In that race, Paladino campaigned for the removal of incumbent board members and the dismissal of the district's top administrators, including Superintendent Pamela Brown.[4] After joining the board, Paladino continued to call for Superintendent Brown's resignation or firing, stating that she is "obviously incapable."[5][6] He also filed two unsuccessful petitions with the New York State Education Department and Commissioner of Education John King arguing that Board President Barbara Seals Nevergold's failure to run for re-election in the May 2013 election violated board policies and state law.[7]

Buffalo Public Schools, Park Subdistrict General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarl P. Paladino 79.3% 2,704
     Nonpartisan Adrian Harris 20.7% 706
Total Votes 3,410
Source: Erie County, NY - Board of Elections, "Election Results Archive," accessed March 26, 2014


See also: New York gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Paladino faced Andrew Cuomo (D), Warren Redlich (L), Howie Hawkins (G) and six other candidates in the general election on November 2, 2010. Paladino lost to Cuomo.[8]

New York Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Cuomo/Robert Duffy 61% 2,910,876
     Republican Carl Paladino/Gregory Edwards 32.5% 1,547,857
     Green Howie Hawkins/Gloria Mattera 1.3% 59,906
     Rent is 2 Damn High Jimmy McMillan/No candidate 0.9% 41,129
     Libertarian Warren Redlich/Alden Link 1% 48,359
     Anti-Prohibition Kristin Davis/Tanya Gendelman 0.4% 20,421
     Freedom Charles Barron/Eva Doyle 0.5% 24,571
     Blank - 2.3% 107,823
     Void - 0.1% 3,963
     Scattering - 0.1% 4,836
Total Votes 4,769,741
Election Results via New York State Board of Elections

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