Is the former SBU chairman kicked out by the state of Michigan?

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Former SBU chairman may be looking for a job

Former Stony Brook University president Sam Stanley, who left Long Island in 2019 to take up the leadership role at Michigan State University, may soon be looking for a new job.

Detroit media say there is friction between Stanley and the school’s board of trustees over the handling of the popular dean’s resignation from Michigan’s Broad School of Business. The stories say he was told by some directors on Friday to retire with two years remaining on his contract. The board has asked outside legal counsel to review the handling of Sanjay Gupta’s resignation from business school in light of Title IX sex discrimination rules.

Michigan State spokeswoman Emily Gerkin Guerrant told the Detroit Free Press that Stanley and the board are currently “in discussions” about his contract. The Free Press said Stanley had been given an ultimatum to resign by Tuesday or he would be fired, but Guerrant said there was no deadline.

Dianne Byrum, chair of the MSU Trustees, said there was “bewilderment” and “outrage” at the reports and that the effort to get him out was misguided. “I believe these board members should apologize, step back and refocus on their role as trustees of this incredible institution. Chairman Stanley should be allowed to complete his service at MSU without cancellation. [sic] Board interference,” Byrum said in a statement.

Stanley, a biomedical researcher specializing in infectious diseases, took over as head of Michigan State which had been reeling from the scandal of former campus doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of female gymnasts. Stanley had a five-year contract that paid $800,000 a year with a bonus and other perks.

Stanley, 68, led the SBU for 10 years, succeeding Shirley Strum Kenney.

—Rita Ciolli @ritaciolli

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Gather the card strip

As Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie pushes for some sort of offseason revival for the Independent State Redistricting Commission to redraw the map of his chamber district, a key roster change is coming. standout for Long Island: Former state senator Jack Martins is off the panel.

Martins served as the vocal vice-chairman of the bipartisan commission, which became deadlocked. In the end, the courts rewrote the lines of Congress and the Senate. Martins, a former state senator and mayor of Mineola, resigned from the IRC before announcing his desire to return to Albany from the reconfigured 7th Senate District. He challenges incumbent Senator Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills) in November.

But the assembly lines are yet to be redesigned, and Heastie is lobbying the Manhattan State Supreme Court for the IRC to meet and initiate the task. Additionally, until a judge dismissed a separate case in Albany on Monday, Democratic-aligned plaintiffs also sought to have Congressional lines redone through the IRC.

Martins said “it would be great to see the committee reach consensus” on district maps after Democrats last time out, he said, overstepped their majority efforts to dominate the process and gerrymander in their favor.

The plaintiffs pushing the Assembly case, however, argue that the IRC deadlines in the New York Constitution have passed and that the only proper method to rewrite the lines now is through a special master appointed by court, as was done earlier this year.

Lisa Harris, an upstate Republican lawyer, succeeds Martins on the panel, which now has its 10 spots filled. Among them are two newly added Democrats who also sit on the New York City Council’s redistricting committee — John Flateau and Yovan Samuel Collado.

The IRC process as established in 2014 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and both legislative houses, and then approved by voters, gives the House and Senate the power to approve cards recommended by the panel. Democrats now hold supermajorities in both houses. That’s why they prefer the IRC route at this point and the Republicans oppose it.

The Manhattan case is being presided over by Judge Laurence Love, a Democrat who once served on the Assembly staff.

—Dan Janison @Danjanison

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All kinds of races

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  • Asked about the status of the southern border, which she has been tasked with overseeing by the administration she works in, Vice President Kamala Harris said, “There are still a lot of issues that we are trying to resolve,” making a mighty bid for understatement of the year.
  • Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said of the quality of GOP candidates as his party attempts to retake the Senate: “So the truth is, who we have in the field, it’s against whom. we’ll play,” showing he’s a candidate for better obfuscation.
  • Gun rights advocates are protesting Visa’s decision to separately categorize sales at gun shows to help thwart mass shootings, saying it would unfairly separate legal gun sales while most do not lead to mass shootings. But unlike sales of any other product, some do.
  • Chief Justice John G. Roberts says the Supreme Court’s legitimacy shouldn’t be questioned just because people disagree with its rulings. He’s right, as long as he understands that’s not the only reason people question his legitimacy.
  • As Ukrainian forces recaptured swaths of land previously occupied by Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin was in a Moscow park opening a Ferris wheel. Which was an apt metaphor for the moment in that minute you’re up and the next you’re down.
  • After winning the US Open at 19, Carlos Alcaraz said: “It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.” Which was, basically, yesterday.
  • Former Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte said the sport was a way to unify a politically divided United States. He must have amnesia about all those years of Yankees vs Red Sox and Yankees vs Mets.

-Michael Dobie @mwdobie

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