Lalor Asks de Blasio to Help Fight CUNY's Big Payday for Krugman

Fishkill, NY - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) is asking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to join him in the opposition to the City University of New York's (CUNY) $225,000 part-time deal with Paul Krugman. Last year, de Blasio joined Lalor's charge against CUNY's exorbitant $150,000 payday for David Petraeus to teach just one class. Petraeus settled on a $1 salary.

"I'm proud that Mayor de Blasio and I were able to convince CUNY and Petraeus to do the right thing last year," said Lalor. "When a conservative Hudson Valley assemblyman and a liberal New York City mayor agreed that the Petraeus deal was bad for taxpayers and students, CUNY admitted it was wrong. I'm hoping Mayor de Blasio will join me again in standing up for taxpayers and students. A liberal columnist like Krugman might be a less fashionable target for the mayor than former CIA director Petraeus was, but this is the right thing to do."

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 added, "Taxpayers support public universities to provide a quality, affordable education. The chance to earn an affordable education opens up new economic opportunities for students. Expensive glamour hires don't fit with that goal. Expensive celebrity hires don’t help the child of immigrants earn a degree that will open new doors. Glamour hires don’t help the child who grew up in public housing afford CUNY and the degree that will launch his career."

"I'm standing up for taxpayers and students again," Lalor continued. "I hope Mayor de Blasio will join the fight again. Whether it's a bloated part-time salary for David Petraeus, former CIA director, or Paul Krugman, vaunted liberal columnist, we need to fight any bad deal for taxpayers."