H Carl McCall is not shy about sharing his opinion. He did it on television as one of NY1’s “Wise Guys,” and he frequently speaks his mind to reporters on a variety of subjects. And while he has labored to push Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s agenda as a member of the Committee to Save New York, it still came as a bit of a surprise to some when the governor tapped McCall to chair the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York.
McCall, who has served on the SUNY board since 2007, is no stranger to politics. He served as state comptroller from 1993 to 2002. Memorably, he and Cuomo ran against each other in a primary for governor in 2002; Cuomo dropped out at the last minute, and McCall went on to lose to George Pataki.
McCall talks to The Capitol about priorities for his new role, the challenge of balancing economic development and academics at SUNY, and his feelings toward Cuomo, his former rival and current benefactor.
– To read the full interview by Andrew J, Hawkins, head to The Capitol…