Calls for Malatras to step down increase
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics calls grew on Mon., Dec. 6, for State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras [Mahlat-ras] to step down after documents came to light that quoted him using profane language about a woman who would later accuse then-Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. However, the chancellor continues to have the support of the Board of Trustees, as well as the backing of key labor unions like the Public Employees Federation, the Civil Service Employees Association and the United University Professions. State Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairperson Deborah Glick became the latest official to call for Malatras to resign or be fired by the SUNY Board of Trustees. "...It is important that the country’s largest university system search for a true academic leader who can set SUNY on a course to continue to attract a diverse and talented student body to its superb and varied colleges," Glick said. Gov. Kathy Hochul said the issue remains essentially up to the Board of Trustees, adding that she is planning to propose an overhaul of the SUNY system in her State of the State in January. "I will address what I can control," she said. Malatras, a longtime aide to Cuomo, was appointed to the lead the SUNY system in 2020. He previously served as state operations director and was involved in helping the governor to write his book about the pandemic. That book is now part of an investigation into how government resources were used. Documents released in the Attorney General's Office investigation of Cuomo included a text chain from 2019 in which Malatras and other aides to the governor were criticizing Lindsey Boylan, a former economic development official who was knocking the administration's child leave policies. In the chain, Malatras wrote, "Malatras to Boylan: Go f--- yourself." Malatras last week told reporters he should not have used the language that he did, adding he had no plans to step down. His office this weekend released a letter to Spectrum News 1 signed by several students in the SUNY Equal Opportunity Program and the leader of the SUNY BlacK Student Union in support of the chancellor. The SUNY-wide student government, meanwhile, has called on Malatras to resign. On Sunday, the students approved a vote of no-confidence in the chancellor. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.