Gov. Cuomo ultimately wants to take over of the City University of New York and merge it with the state’s public university system, sources told The Post.
Cuomo officials are examining how the State University of New York can incorporate CUNY’s four-year colleges and graduate schools, while slashing administrative costs at both institutions, the sources said.
“It’s a precursor to a merger, but dismantling CUNY won’t be easy,” one political source said.
His obsession with CUNY runs deep.
“He just has a thing about CUNY,” said a high-ranking state government source. “This has to do with Andrew not controlling it. What he doesn’t control he likes to destroy.”
Cuomo currently has little control over CUNY because the appointees to the board are largely leftovers from the Pataki and Bloomberg administrations. SUNY’s board, conversely, is littered with Cuomo allies.
A political consultant said Cuomo is rankled that the state pays 46 percent of CUNY’s $3 billion budget yet “they treat him like s–t.”
In addition, this apparently hurts him:
The CUNY faculty union endorsed Bill de Blasio in his mayoral primary but did not endorse Cuomo for governor.
We are governed by a child-man.