Today Western New York Students First was made aware of a violation
of the NY State Ethics Law pertaining to public employees.
Orchard Park candidates Steve Barlette and Katherine Ibarra expressed their disappointment
upon hearing the news. "Learning about this election violation is disappointing. Katherine Ibarra
and I are independent candidates. We do not have the access the union has. It only takes a few
teachers pressured by this abuse of power to impact election results. Where is the democracy in
that?” said candidate Steve Barlette.
Concerned community members from Orchard Park are circulating the attached email (See
Figure 1) which indicates that Adam Ziccardi, president of the Orchard Park Teachers
Association, is using government resources to influence the outcome of the upcoming school
board election, a violation of Public Officers Law.
To read the full press release, download below: