Cuomo now challenging Teachout’s residency
ALBANY—The Cuomo campaign is opening up another front in its attempt to knock Zephyr Teachout off the Democratic primary ballot: a court challenge to her residency.
In papers filed on Tuesday in Supreme Court in Brooklyn, two Hudson Valley residents argue that Teachout “has not been a continuous resident of the state” from November of 2009, and has maintained “indicia” of residences in other states, including out-of-state drivers licenses and a 2012 donation to the Obama campaign listing a Vermont address.
Teachout, a Fordham law professor, is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary; New York law requires any gubernatorial candidate be a state resident for five years prior to the date of the election.
The Democrats who brought the petition are represented by Marty Connor, a longtime Democratic election lawyer and former Senate leader who filed general objections to Teachout's nominating petitions earlier this week. He is working on behalf of the Cuomo campaign, a spokesman for which declined to comment on the residency challenge.
Connor's filing pushes for a hearing no later than Thursday, and seeks to enjoin the Board of Elections from putting Teachout on the ballot until the questions surrounder her residency are resolved.
Teachout has said she meets all the necessary requirements, and accepted a tenure-track position at Fordham in the spring of 2009—a completely adequate indicator of residence. She has also said she welcomes the challenges as a forum to discuss her criticism of Cuomo.
"The news this morning tells us why Cuomo's doing this," Teachout said. "I've lived here for five years; I'm up for tenure in January."