Last Friday, Albany Times Union reported that Jim Malatras, Gov. Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Policy and Programs, will be leaving the Executive Chamber to take a position at the State University of New York (SUNY) as senior vice chancellor and chief operating officer.

I have had the good fortune to work with Jim on a number of issues – the real property tax cap among them – and his departure is a major loss for the Administration and our business community.  Jim understands our challenges and was always willing to listen to our ideas.  He is leaving some big shoes to fill.

We wish him well in his future endeavor.