BR friend and reporter Francesca Maines had occasion to speak with local developer Carl Paladino recently – or get a few questions in edgewise, as Paladino expounds on what he sees wrong with the city. (Video below.)
One of our favorite moments comes up front, when Francesca suggests that Paladino holds so many local residential and commercial properties, that he may well be your landlord. Another comes toward the end, when Carl refers to the readers of Buffalo Rising as elitist liberals. Zowie!
He covers the Buffalo Niagara Partnership (heavy on the Andrew Rudnick aspect) and the Buffalo Public Schools and his claim of African American hires at the top because, he says, the board is African American. He talks about “business as usual,” and offers that the definition if insanity is “doing the same thing over and over.” Paladino has some things up his sleeve that he won’t get into specifics with as far as solutions go, and finally, Francesca is able to eke one in about the long-awaited renovation of the Greystone Hotel, that he answers plans are in the works for.
Ever entertaining and never shy, we thought it was interesting to have Paladino “let loose.” Have a look at the video and let us know what you think: diabolical genius, or simply diabolical to those he disagrees with? One thing is for sure, Paladino holds nothing back when asked what he’s thinking.