Fishkill, NY - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) released a statement today criticizing the City University of New York (CUNY) for paying Paul Krugman $225,000 to work part-time for the school without teaching any classes. Last year, Lalor led the charge against CUNY's exorbitant $150,000 payday for David Petraeus to teach one class. Ultimately, Petraeus agreed to teach the class for $1.
"CUNY's mission is to provide a quality, affordable education," said Lalor. "That's the important role our country's public universities play. That's what taxpayers expect. That's why taxpayers support CUNY. Paying Krugman $225,000 to essentially serve as a part-time mascot for the school doesn't contribute to a public university's mission."
The school's offer to Krugman says that he would "play a modest role in our public events" and "contribute to the build-up" of a new inequality initiative. The school told Krugman, "You will not be expected to teach or supervise students." Krugman will host one seminar.
Lalor continued, "Last year, CUNY's deal with Petraeus was met with opposition from across the political spectrum. It's one of the few issues where I've agreed with Mayor de Blasio. Taxpayers don't want to see public universities waste tax dollars and tuition like this. CUNY's job is to contribute to America's opportunity society, not deliver paydays to media celebrities. CUNY and Krugman need to reconsider what they are doing here."