|Daniel Chiacchia's petition to the Commissioner|
Mr. Chiacchia filed a petition with the NYS Commissioner some time in late November 2013. In the petition filed by Chiachhia claims were made that the mother and daughter pair on the Hamburg Board of Education had a conflict of interest in voting on matters related to a Hamburg School District teacher, and in matters related to former school district legal counsel. Chiacchia put pen to paper and concocted a distorted story riddled with lies and deception, and also perpetuated his sinister plot at no fewer than 4 community meetings attended by parents, staff and students. Mr. Chiacchia exhibited his unfamiliarity with education law in many instances, and used his petition to simply harass the respondents and those named in his poorly constructed arguments. Most good attorneys understand that the Commissioner of Education never, or in very few instances, remove school board members.
Some people have claimed that Mr. Chiacchia, evidenced by his conduct at school board meetings, has created the horror of hate in Hamburg, New York.
In a recently published Buffalo News article, Mr. Chiacchia pouts at the Commissioner's decision and reverts to name calling by referring to Commissioner King as, "gutless". Apparently, Mr. Chiacchia can not handle matters of difference in a respectful manner and acts out as a childish bully.
Link to Buffalo News Article: Chiacchia loses in petition to NYSED Commissioner
Mr. Chiacchia created a tall tale wrapped in a petition to the NYS Commissioner with gross exaggeration and illegally obtained court documents in his attempt to have Balaya and Stephenson removed. His distorted plan, which he carpetbagged around the school district fell flat on its face.
Two things were accomplished by Mr. Chiacchia. First, a lasting impression of an attorney who exhibits poor judgement and a callous penchant for revenge and destruction. One is reminded of Queen Gertrude's utterance, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks", in attempting to make sense of Mr. Chiacchia's conduct. And second, a squandering of taxpayer dollars and resources to defended Balaya and Stephenson against Attorney Chiacchia's frivolous and maligned claims in his petition to the Commissioner of Education.
As the district readies itself to excess staff to balance the 2014-15 school budget deficit in excess of $2.3 million dollars, perhaps the parents of the community should request that Mr. Chiacchia reimburse the district in the hopes of saving programming for the children.
Footnote: * Andrew Fleming, Daniel Chiacchia's partner in law was admonished by the New York State Judicial Ethics Committee in September 2013, days later, Chiacchia started his rampage on certain members of the Hamburg community who are responsible for the Fleming admonishment. Judge Fleming, who is up for re-election in the Village of Hamburg on 3-18-14 was found by the Commission to have acted inappropriately and in violation of New York State law, when he took business from the "bench" and accepted clients in a matter over which he presided. It appeared that the sole intent of Mr. Fleming's actions was to bring business to the law practice he shares with Daniel Chiacchia. Mr. Fleming is asking again for the members of the Hamburg community to vote for him despite his transgressions on the bench.
Hence, the Chiacchia revenge.