Common Cause/NY Demands Malatras' Removal

NEW YORK, NY (12/08/2021) (readMedia)-- In response to growing calls for Chancellor Malatras to resign, Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause New York, issued the following statement:

"It's clear that Chancellor Malatras is unfit for the role of leading a university system and serving as a model for truth and transparency; a job he was given based on his loyalty to the former Governor, rather than a public, competitive search process. The Attorney General's investigation has further illuminated his specific transgressions of law and service including working on the Governor's personal, for profit book during government hours, helping under-report nursing home COVID-19 deaths, and assisting in the retaliation and harassment of a colleague for speaking up about her experience being harassed in the workplace. We stand with the students and faculty who have called for his resignation or removal. Keeping him on as Chancellor of SUNY sends a terrible message to students and faculty, and betrays the high standards for elected and appointed officials that we should demand. Common Cause/NY urges the Governor to follow through on her commitment to public integrity and support Malatras' removal."