Students call on SUNY Chancellor to resign

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The New York College Democratic and Republican clubs called for the resignation of SUNY Chancellor James Malatrass for discrediting Lindsay Boylan, who was the first woman to publicly accuse pre-government. Andrew Cuomo of Harassment.

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Malatras’ scathing remarks came to the fore on Monday when Attorney General Letitia James released a compendium of documents related to his investigation into the disgraced governor.

The blatant evidence prompted CNN to suspend anchor Chris Cuomo for his role in combating harassment complaints against his brother, Andrew.


The texts and emails show Chris Cuomo exploiting his journalistic sources and spreading dirt along with his brother’s team to slander accusers.

Andrew Cuomo resigned in August under threats of impeachment following the conclusion of James’ disastrous investigation report that the three-term Democrat abused 11 women and harassed or abused several employees — including his security details. A state soldier assigned to He denied wrongdoing even though he stepped down.

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The newly released documents include email chains from May of 2019, where Malatras, a longtime Cuomo aide and adviser before being appointed SUNY chancellor at the behest of Cuomo, asked Boylan to work in the governor’s office a year-and-a-half ago. Trample in the controversy of the situation. She leveled her sexual harassment claims.

Andrew Cuomo, a former state economic development adviser to the government, Lindsay Boylan, was the first to accuse her of sexual harassment.

“Malatras to Boylan: Go F**k Yourself,” Malatrass texted Cuomo colleagues.

“Let’s release some of his Cray emails!” Malatras wrote to an employee in Cuomo’s inner circle after Boylan slammed the governor’s office as a toxic workplace. Cray is slang for crazy.

Malatras also said that he wanted to “drive him crazy” – referring to Boylan.

Another employee, Cuomo executive director, Stephanie Benton, wrote in a text thread, “I am ready to testify when we release the Nuclear Maniac file.”

A year later, the Cuomo camp released parts of Boylan’s personnel file to try to downplay his harassment claims.

Andrew Cuomo's team released portions of Lindsay Boylan's personnel file to reduce her harassment claims.
Andrew Cuomo’s team released portions of Lindsay Boylan’s personnel file to reduce her harassment claims.

The Post first reported the altercation between Maltras and Boylan on Twitter in March. But in internal conversations about Boylan, Malatras displays more clumsiness.

The New York College Democrats and Republican clubs said Malatras’ comments and behavior are ambiguous — and must be known.

Malatras’ words about Boylan were “extremely inappropriate” and “reflect the VC’s pattern of toxic, unprofessional and unforgivable behavior,” said Savannah Chadwick, president of the College Democrats of New York.

“We feel the chancellor is unfit to lead our great SUNY system, which must maintain itself as an inclusive space for all students and teachers,” Chadwick said.

“The College Democrats of New York called on SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras to resign from his position, and encouraged Governor Hochul and the SUNY Board of Trustees to remove Malatras and conduct a thorough nationwide search for a chancellor, if He failed to cooperate.”

Augustus Leroux, president of the New York Federation of Colleges of Republicans, agreed.

“Malicious words written by Malatras are antithetical to the mission of higher education institutions,” LeRoux said.

“In addition to his resignation, Chancellor Malatras must issue a formal apology for his actions. Attacking Lindsay Boylan, the Chancellor also issued an indirect attack on all victims

“Students deserve ethically and morally sound administrators within the SUNY system.”

Malatras was also involved in editing former governor Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 memoir.
Malatras was also involved in editing former governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 memoir.

Malatras has been embroiled in other Cuomo controversies – including for the governor to edit a controversial state health department report in July 2020 that concluded that forcing nursing homes to recover COVID-19 patients from hospitals The Cuomo administration’s policy of doing so did not cause more residents. Deaths.

The report also underestimated the total number of nursing home deaths during the pandemic, though Malatras said he didn’t change the higher tally included in the earlier draft — with Cuomo and his top executives writing their $5.1 million “leadership” book. Did while talking. on coronavirus.

As it happens, Malatras also edited Cuomo’s COVID-19 memoir and served on the governor’s COVID-19 response team.

Malatras had no immediate comment on Wednesday night.

But he issued a semi-mea culpability Tuesday, saying he chose his words poorly in his feud with Boylan. At the time, he was the head of SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute.

“The truth is I am not proud of the language I used,” Malatras told reporters after testifying at an assembly higher education committee meeting.

“People in high-stress jobs have disagreements. I should have used a different language. That was a long time ago. I have to focus on SUNY.”

But Malatra didn’t hold back from his genuine disagreements with Boylan over workplace issues at the time.

“I stick to my words. You can always say things a little better. … I could have done it in a more collaborative way. Lesson learned,” he said.

Malatras defended his record of public service – including being assigned to oversee Cuomo’s team’s response to the coronavirus pandemic – and has no intention of stepping down as chancellor of the 64-campus system.

“There is a lot of work to be done. I love the system. SUNY is the best system in the United States,” said Malatras, a SUNY in Albany graduate.


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