A life-long advocate for the City of Buffalo, Carl is best known for his hard-nose grit and a champion of strategic ideas that has brought new life to Western New York and the Southern Tier. Carl has consistently invested in Western New York. Carl is a risk-taker, unafraid to pioneer strategic developments in the most economically depressed areas of Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany.
Carl has waged many battles with local governments to change the way the system promotes, attracts, and sustains economic development in our area. His leadership and vision for the revitalization of downtown Buffalo is just now beginning to take hold in the minds of both public and private sector leaders. With these new projects and many others, he challenges the downtown business community to embrace market-rate strategies for sustainable economic development and to willingly abandon the old engines of patronage and subsidy.
In 2010 Carl Paladino was the Republican Candidate for Governor of New York, where he pulled a major upset in the primary defeating the party backed candidate Rick Lazio. Carl became one of the first Tea Party candidates to win a Republican primary for Governor. Using the campaign theme “Mad as Hell’, Carl expressed the people’s frustration and concerns with the Albany and Washington political establishment, winning over 93 percent of the vote in Buffalo’s Erie County.
May 2013 Carl Paladino won the South Buffalo seat on the Buffalo School Board. A longtime vocal critic of the school board, Paladino chose to run in opposition of Teacher’s Union head Phil Rumore.
In 2016, Carl was one of President Donald Trump’s earliest supporters, taking on the role of Co-Chair of the Trump Presidential Campaign in New York.
Carl is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and the Syracuse University College of Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1971 and traveled to Fort Bliss, Texas to serve in the U.S. Army, from which he retired as a Captain in 1981. A life-long resident of the City of Buffalo, Carl is married to Mary Catherine Hannon and is blessed with four children: William, Danielle, Patrick and Sarah; and 5 grandchildren, Carl William, Grace Catherine, Claire Ryan, Nolan Lawrence and Lincoln Patrick.