Thu. May 26th, 2022

The former head of New York’s university system officially left office last week after authorities released evidence as part of an investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo that revealed text messages about a former aide accusing 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 profane messages were released by State Attorney Letitia James’ office. The revelation came amid allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo, a Democrat.

The governor resigned in April 2021 after accusations from 11 women claiming he had sexually harassed them. Malatras officially resigned on Friday.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks as he is accompanied by video conference by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, during the governor's daily briefing following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City on July 13, 2020. right is Jim Malatras, president of SUNY Empire State College.  Malatras officially resigned on January 14th.  REUTERS / Mike Segar (REUTERS / Mike Segar)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks as he is accompanied by video conference by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, during the governor’s daily briefing following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City on July 13, 2020. right is Jim Malatras, president of SUNY Empire State College. Malatras officially resigned on January 14th. REUTERS / Mike Segar (REUTERS / Mike Segar)
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The former chancellor allegedly took part in a heady campaign against former Cuomo assistant Lindsay Boylan when he worked in the governor’s executive chamber following her complaints about a toxic work environment.

In a private exchange with members of the Executive Chamber, Malatras wrote: “Malatras to Boylan: F *** yourself.” In other messages, he told staff he wanted to “drive her crazy” and suggested they “release some of her cray” [sic] e-mails. “

In his farewell letter, Malatras said he “has no other higher calling in life” than to be Chancellor of SUNY. He said the events surrounding him had become a “distraction”.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks before being vaccinated at a church in the Harlem part of New York, Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks before being vaccinated at a church in the Harlem part of New York, Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
(AP Photo / Seth Wenig, Pool)

A spokesman for SUNY had no information on what kind of financial package he was traveling with.

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

As calls for Malatras’ resignation grew, Boylan and other critics also targeted Cuomo’s successor, Governor Kathy Hochul, for failing to help remove Malatras from his powerful position.

“This is shameful @KathyHochul – especially since you and your staff know exactly who @jimmaltras is and the damage he’s done so many times,” Boylan tweeted.

In the announcement of Malatras’ resignation, SUNY’s board said the former chancellor’s management 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 justice and for deeper public investment in this great institution,” the board 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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