The head of the State Assembly’s higher education oversight committee on Monday demanded that SUNY Chancellor James Malatras resign or be fired for ransacking one of the disgraced ex-governors. Andrew Cuomo’s accusers.
“For the future of SUNY, I think it is more appropriate that the Chancellor resign or be removed by the SUNY board of directors,” said MP Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), longtime chairperson of SUNY. the Assembly of Higher Education. commission, in an extraordinary declaration.
Glick pointed out that she initially objected to the State University of New York board of trustees hiring Malatras – a former senior contributor and Cuomo confidant – without the usual national research during the l summer 2020.
All of SUNY’s board members are nominated by Cuomo, and they called on Malatras for the $ 450,000-a-year post to run one of the nation’s leading public university systems, at the behest of the governor of the ‘era.
In calling for Malatras to leave, Glick referred to texts unearthed by State Attorney General Letitia James’ devastating document dump last week as part of his office in Cuomo’s sexual harassment investigation.
The texts showed Malatras slimming Cuomo’s first harassment accuser, Lindsey Boylan, in May 2019 in a dispute over workplace issues. Boylan aired his specific harassment allegations against Cuomo 18 months later.
The recently released documents also proved damning for Andrew Cuomo’s brother Chris Cuomo, who was fired at CNN last week for allegedly breaking journalist ethics while helping his brother fight allegations against him – and also have been charged with sexual conduct against himself.
“Malatras to Boylan: Fuck you,” Malatras wrote in an internal text to Cuomo’s aides in 2019, amid work issues involving her.
The SUNY chief added in another text: “Let’s free some of his crazy emails! “
Malatras also passed Cuomo’s assistants with a picture of a nuclear explosion with the word “kaboom” on it while discussing Boylan.
A year later, the Cuomo camp released parts of Boylan’s personnel file in an attempt to undermine his harassment allegations.
“It is disturbing to learn that in the midst of handling the COVID crisis, Dr. Malatras has allegedly engaged in behavior designed to undermine the serious allegations against former Governor Cuomo,” said Glick.
“I don’t think the recent revelations of the Chancellor’s involvement in defaming those who accused the former governor of sexual harassment can in any way assure students and families that the commitment to a harassment-free environment will be honored, especially in cases where a prominent university member faces credible charges.
Glick said Malatras is a “trained operations manager” who has helped guide the 64-campus SUNY System through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, “but we go beyond needing an intense response to COVID.
“It is important that the largest university system in the country seeks a true academic leader who can put SUNY on the path to continuing to attract a diverse and talented student body to its superb and diverse colleges,” she said.
“It is all the more essential that students and their families have confidence that their university experience will be free from sexual harassment and prejudice of any kind.”
Malatras apologized on Friday night for the texts, saying “My words were inappropriate, disrespectful and false” – while the SUNY board issued a statement supporting him.
But the mea culpa failed to calm the storm swirling around him, with Glick only the latest elected to call for his ouster along with the leaders and professors of the SUNY student government.
Critics have pointed out that Malatras has featured prominently in other controversies over Andrew Cuomo – including the role of SUNY chief in editing the Cuomo administration’s health department report that COVID-19 has linked nursing home deaths and Cuomo’s $ 5.1 million pandemic “leadership”. memory. Malatras denied that he downplayed the importance of nursing home deaths.
Malatras and SUNY made no immediate comment on Glick’s statement.
But the SUNY leader still clearly has support where it counts – at least among some of the directors on his board.
Administrator Stan Litow, a retired IBM executive and former vice chancellor of the New York City school system, told The Post that context matters when considering Malatras’ tweets.
Litow noted that Malatras made inappropriate remarks about Boylan before she accused Andrew Cuomo of harassment.
“Malatras apologized profusely. It’s important to explain the context for which he apologized, ”Litow said.
Litwo said he “disagreed” with critics who wanted to get rid of Malatras and insisted that there is “strong support” to retain him within the SUNY community.
Three-term Democrat Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor in August – under threat of impeachment – after the investigation report from AG James’s office found he had abused up to 11 women and harassed several staff – including a state soldier assigned to its security service. He denied any wrongdoing.
New York Post