When will it be too late for Christine Quinn to block Vito Lopez?

Briefing: Lopez. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Christine Quinn continues to come under criticism over a redistricting plan that could allow scandal-plagued Assemblyman Vito Lopez to win a seat on the City Council.

Quinn told me she would campaign "day and night" to keep Lopez out of the Council, if he ran, but the Post argues it's more important to vote down the entire plan, because Lopez's home is now located in a district with the sprawling social service organization he founded, which has many local admirers.

There are other controversial aspects of the redistricting plan, too, like the splitting of Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito's district.

But it's worth noting that Lopez wouldn't actually have to have his residence drawn into the district to run there: As Mathieu Eugene demonstrated years ago, candidates are only required to live in the district by the time they are sworn in, not before.

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