The sexual misconduct scandal that engulfed Andrew Cuomo and ultimately cost his brother Chris a cushy job at CNN has now indirectly resulted in yet another resignation, this time of State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor James Malatras, who was caught attempting to smear one of the former governor’s harassment accusers, as the New York Post reports.
Questions have continued to mount about Malatras’ involvement with Cuomo’s controversies, particularly in regard to a text message he was found to have sent concerning Lindsey Boylan, a one-time aide to the former governor, who later declared her time in his employ “a toxic and demoralizing experience.”
After Boylan made those remarks publicly, Malatras reportedly reached out to a group of fellow Cuomo loyalists and said, “Let’s release some of her cray emails,” and once the former aide made an allegation of sexual harassment at the hands of Cuomo, the soon-to-be-ex chancellor texted those same recipients, “Malatras to Boylan: Go f*** yourself.”
The communications were made public via the probe by the attorney general in the Empire State, which ultimately led to Cuomo’s decision to leave office earlier this year, despite repeatedly denying wrongdoing.
Malatras, who has served SUNY chancellor since late summer of 2020, sent a letter to the school’s Board of Trustees stating, “The recent events surrounding me over the past week have become a distraction over the important work that needs to be accomplished as SUNY emerges from COVID-19,” according to the Post.
“I believe deeply in an individual’s ability to evolve, change, and grow, but I also believe deeply in SUNY and would never want to be an impediment to its success therefore please accept my resignation effective January 14, 2022 as SUNY’s Chancellor,” the letter continued.
Malatras’ departure appeared to be the culmination of building outrage over revelations of his entanglement in attempts to discredit one of Cuomo’s misconduct accusers, with over 30 state assembly members putting their names on a letter Wednesday demanding his ouster or voluntary resignation.
According to the Post, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul – Cuomo’s successor – contacted SUNY board Chair Merryl Tisch in the middle of the week and said that Malatras could not remain in his position, declaring the situation “untenable” and “not good” for the university.
Malatras’ tenure as a longtime Cuomo confidante and aide was once extremely beneficial to his political and career prospects, but – as has been the case for many in the former governor’s sphere – his downfall came fast and furious once his unsavory dealings on behalf of the embattled Democrat were revealed.