Last month, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York named Laura L. Anglin -- New York State's budget director -- as its next president. Anglin takes office in July at CICU, which has historically been an influential player in Albany with work on behalf of the state's private colleges. On Monday, the Student Assembly of the State University of New York offered a welcome of sorts to Anglin -- in the form of an ethics complaint filed with the state public integrity division. The SUNY student group argues that holding the job of budget director while interviewing for the CICU job was a conflict of interest because the state has programs that assist private colleges and their students. Anglin, in a statement, responded: "The complaint filed by the Student Assembly of the State University of New York has no basis in fact. As a public servant for many years, I am clearly aware of my responsibilities under the state ethics laws. Throughout the budget process, I took the utmost precautions to ensure that I had met the requirements of the public officers law, both in spirit and in letter."
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