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Now that CNN’s Chris Cuomo has been terminated from his nightly news program due to the influence he wielded for his brother Andrew during the sexual harassment scandal that eventually led to the latter’s resignation as New York State governor, it now appears that another Andrew Cuomo ally is feeling the heat for his support of the embattled former governor.

The New York Post has reported that SUNY Chancellor James Malatras, who was a Cuomo appointee, is being asked to resign his post by the elected officials on both sides of the political aisle.  Several days ago, the Post reported that both New York College Democratic and Republican clubs were calling for Matatras’ resignation for bad mouthing Lindsey Boylan, the first woman who stepped forward to accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct.

The Post has now reported that elected officials are demanding that either Malatras tender his resignation as the chief executive of the New York state college system. If he should choose not to exercise that option, then they feel he should be fired from his position.

Last Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a voluminous amount of documentation related to the investigation that her office conducted on the harassment allegations against Cuomo. Malatras’ comments concerning Boylan were revealed when James released the documents.

The Post reported that having tendered his resignation in August under the threat of impeachment in the aftermath of the investigative report that James’ office released, Cuomo denied culpability in the harassment allegations. James’ report concluded that the former governor had “mistreated as many as 11 women and harassed or committed misconduct against several staffers — including a state trooper assigned to his security detail.”

Malatras had worked in the capacity of aide and advisor to Cuomo for many years before the former governor requested that he assume the position of SUNY Chancellor, according to the Post report. The documents released by the attorney general include e-mails written in May 2019 from Malatras in which he denigrates Boylan in an argument on conditions in the workplace in the governor’s office. His e-mails were written about a year-and-a-half prior to the sexual harassment claims that she made against Cuomo.

When texting other aides of Cuomo, Malatras said: “Malatras to Boylan: Go f**k yourself.”

After Boylan critiqued what she perceived as the toxic workplace conditions at Cuomo’s office, Malatras wrote to a staffer in the former governor’s inner circle, “Let’s release some of her cray emails!,” as was reported by the Post. Cray is an abbreviation of crazy.

The Post reported that the documents indicate that Malatras also said he wanted to “drive her (Boylan) nuts “.

Speaking to the Post, State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) said: “I believe he (Malatras) should resign or be terminated by the SUNY board.” Rivera serves on Albany’s higher-education panel.

“The only reason he got that gig was because he was a toxic enabler of the Departed Cuomo,’’ Rivera said of Malatras, who is accused of bashing Lindsey Boylan, as was reported by the Post.

Another member of the higher education panel in Albany is Sen. John Liu (D-Queens). The Post reported that he tweeted: “SUNY trustees must oust Jim Malatras whose only road to becoming chancellor last year was being Andrew Cuomo henchman.”

Also weighing in on the issue of Malatras’ future at SUNY was GOP gubernatorial candidate Andrew Giuliani. The Post reported that he asserted that the Boylan texts were just the “last straw” for Malatras — citing the SUNY president’s involvement with editing the state Health Department nursing-home report that low-balled coronavirus deaths and editing Cuomo’s $5.1 million COVID memoir.

Someone who served  briefly with Malatras in Cuomo’s office was Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx). She told the Post: “Don’t believe Chancellor Jim Malatras, who claims he was acting out of character by discrediting the women harassed by Cuomo. He never respected women.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Kathy Hochul has refused to say whether she supports Malatras or his removal, as was reported by the Post. In reponse to questions posed by the Post, Hochul’s spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays said: “Governor Hochul committed to New Yorkers that no one who was mentioned in the Attorney General’s investigation performing inappropriate conduct that contributed to a culture of harassment would be a member of her Executive Chamber, and she has delivered on that promise.:

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