Two objections filed to Zephyr Teachout’s petitions

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Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout’s quest to force Gov. Andrew Cuomo into a primary must stand up to a pair of legal challenges.

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 5.11.26 PMTwo people have filed legal objections to Teachout’s ballot petitions, the state Board of Elections confirmed Monday. Now, the objectors have six days to lay out any specific errors with Teachout’s approximately 45,000 petitions, which she submitted last week as a requirement to primary Cuomo.

Challenging a candidate’s attempt to get on the ballot is a long-standing tradition in New York, but the legal objections are rarely filed by the candidate’s opponent.

Two men filed the objections to Teachout’s petitions: Austin Sternlicht of Rye and Harris Weiss of New City, according to the board. But the contact information listed was for former state Senate Minority Leader Martin Connor, a Brooklyn Democrat and Cuomo supporter.

Connor did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

Teachout, a Brooklyn Democrat, responded via Twitter to the challenge.

“We hear there’s a challenge to the 45,000 petitions,” Teachout said. “Our petitions are all in order and I’m happy for anyone to take a look at them!”

(AP file photo/Mike Groll)

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  1. We are not open for business should be Cuomo's motto on

    It was most likely Joe Piscopo the top thug working behind the scenes.