A challenge to the residency of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger is in the hands of a state judge.
Cuomo’s campaign — via surrogates from Westchester and Rockland counties — is challenging whether Teachout, a Vermont native, has been a resident of New York long enough to run for governor. The state constitution requires all candidates for governor to have been a resident of the state for five years before an election.
From the Associated Press’ report from Day 1 of the trial:
Teachout, who lives in Brooklyn, said she has spent time during the summers in Vermont, where she was raised and where her family still lives. On Thursday she called the residency challenge a “frivolous” attempt by Cuomo’s campaign to eliminate a primary foe.
The residency challenge was filed by suburban New York City residents Harris Weiss and Austin Sternlicht, registered Democrats who are represented in the case by former state Sen. Martin Connor, a New York attorney who specializes in election law.
In court, Connor questioned Teachout about why she waited until this year to obtain a New York driver’s license and pointed to a 2012 campaign finance record on which she had listed an old Vermont address. She called it a harmless error, blaming “muscle memory.”
Connor also questioned her about a 2009 tax return that asked how many months she had lived in New York at the time of the filing. She originally answered zero months but recently amended the return to change it to six months.
“It was clearly a mistake,” she said.
(Peter Morgan/AP photo)