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					                                                          RESOLUTIONS
                                                             NO. 112
MR. DAVIS & MR. SMITH
     CONDEMN RACIALLY-DIVISIVE COMMENTS AND REQUEST NYS LEGISLATURE TO ENACT LEGISLATION, WHICH
WOULD PROHIBIT INDIVIDUALS WHO MAKE RACIALLY-OFFENSIVE OR INSENSITIVE REMARKS FROM MAINTAINING OR
                                                      OBTAINING PUBLIC LEASES
Whereas This past week, Carl Paladino, President of Ellicott Development, made racially offensive remarks with respect to
Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools Dr. James A. Williams; and
Whereas These racially divisive comments were initially made in the presence of many children, in a public forum where race
relations was not even the topic; and
Whereas Mr. Paladino not only refused to retract his comments, but rather stood behind them when confronted by a local television
outlet, which led to an even greater audience being exposed to these racially-offensive remarks;
Whereas Mr. Paladino's comments are even more disturbing when considering the fact that he and his company have engaged in
numerous development projects and business arrangements with assistance from the Federal, State, and Local Governments of
Western New York in the public domain; and
Whereas We are proud to live and govern in an open society, where the rational exchange of ideas and freedom of speech is
encouraged and promoted; and
Whereas However, it is essential that government serve all people without limitation of race, creed, ethnicity, or sexual orientation,
and in doing so should not promote or engage in business, including entering into leases and/or contracts, with individuals who
engage in racially irresponsible, insensitive, or offensive conduct; and
 Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved:
That the City of Buffalo hereby takes offense to and condemns the racially divisive comments made by Mr. Paladino with respect to
Dr. James Williams; and
Be It Further Resolved:
That this Common Council requests the NYS Legislature explore enacting legislation prohibiting individuals who engage in racially-
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conduct from obtaining or maintaining public leases and/or contracts; and
Be It Finally Resolved:
 That this resolution be forwarded to the Erie County Executive, the Erie County Legislature, each member of the WNY State
Legislative Delegation, the NYS Division of Human Rights, the City of Buffalo Commission on Citizens Rights, and Governor David
Paterson
Mr. Davis made a motion to Adopt 1st and 3rd resolve and send the second resolve to the committee on Legislation and the
Corporation Counsel seconded by Mr. Fontana
AYES – DAVIS, FONTANA, LOCURTO, RUSSELL, SMITH - 5 NOES – FRANCZYK, GOLOMBEK, KEARNS, RIVERA - 4

				
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