New York University System Director Officially Resigns After Cuomo Accuser Texts Discovered

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The former head of New York State’s university system officially stepped down last week after authorities released evidence in an investigation into former Governor Andrew Cuomo that uncovered text messages about a former aide who accused the governor of creating a toxic workplace.

Jim Malatras announced his resignation as Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) in December after the profanity messages were released by the office of State Attorney General Letitia James. The revelation came amid sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo, a Democrat.

The governor resigned in April 2021 following accusations by 11 women who claimed he sexually harassed them. Malatras officially resigned on Friday.

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Then-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks as he is joined by video conference by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms during the governor’s daily briefing following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York on July 13. 2020. At right is Jim Malatras, president of SUNY Empire State College. Malatras officially resigned on January 14. REUTERS/Mike Segar (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
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Former chancellor reportedly engaged in heckling campaign against former Cuomo aide Lindsay Boylan when he worked in the Governor’s Executive Chamber following his complaints about a toxic work environment.

In a private exchange with members of the Executive Chamber, Malatras wrote: “Malatras to Boylan: fuck you.” In other posts, he told staff he wanted to ‘drive her crazy’ and suggested they should ‘release some of her cray [sic] emails.”

In his resignation letter, Malatras said he had “no higher calling in life” than to be chancellor of SUNY. He said the events around him had become a “distraction”.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks before being vaccinated at a church in New York's Harlem neighborhood on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks before being vaccinated at a church in New York’s Harlem neighborhood on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
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A SUNY spokesperson had no information on what kind of financial package he walked away with.

Deborah Stanley, former president of SUNY Oswego, took over as interim chancellor.

As calls for Malatras to step down grew, Boylan and other critics also took aim at Cuomo’s successor, Governor Kathy Hochul, for failing to help remove Malatras from his powerful position.

“Shameful @KathyHochul – especially since you and your staff know exactly who @jimmaltras is and the hurt he has done to so many,” Boylan tweeted.

In announcing Malatras’ resignation, SUNY’s board of trustees said the former chancellor’s leadership helped the higher education institution “thrive” while serving nearly 400,000 students on 64 campuses.

“He has been a champion for our students, for access, for equity and for greater public investment in this great institution,” the council said. “The entire board expresses our gratitude for his dedication and leadership.”

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Fox News’ Cortney O’Brien contributed to this report.

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