Dec 9, 2021 - Politics & Policy

SUNY chancellor to resign over disparaging remarks about Cuomo victim

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Jim Malatras. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Jim Malatras, chancellor of the State University of New York, announced his resignation Thursday, citing difficulties brought on by new revelations regarding his involvement in former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment scandal.

Why it matters: Malatras is the latest Cuomo ally to step down from a job in the aftermath of the scandal. His resignation comes after new documents showed that Malatras had sent a disparaging text to a woman who accused the former governor, the New York Times writes.

  • His resignation is effective Jan. 14, according to his resignation letter.

Background: Earlier this month, CNN fired Chris Cuomo after documents showed that he used his contacts to garner information about the women accusing his brother of sexual harassment.

What they're saying: "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," Malatras wrote in a statement.

  • "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," he continued.
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