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Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout has won another round in her battle to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party line.
Brooklyn State Supreme Court Justice Edgar Walker (See Profile) on Monday rejected the Cuomo campaign’s assertion that Teachout does not meet the five-year residency requirement contained in Article IV, Section 2 of the state Constitution.
Walker said the evidence showed that while Teachout has at times lived in Vermont, Connecticut, North Carolina and Philadelphia, she has lived in New York at least since June 2009 when she accepted a teaching position at Fordham.
Teachout was raised in Vermont, moved to Connecticut to attend Yale University, went to North Carolina to attend Duke Law School and clerked for a federal appellate court in Philadelphia. Since moving to New York in 2009, she has lived in several different locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but has maintained her primary residence in this state, Walker said.
“Notwithstanding weekend trips, summer vacations and brief sojourns teaching courses in other states, Ms. Teachout has continuously maintained a domicile and residence in New York State,” Walker wrote in Weiss v. Teachout, 700014/14.
Unless the decision is reversed on appeal, Teachout will compete with Cuomo in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary.
Teachout sought to run as the candidate of the Working Families Party, but Cuomo won the party’s support after promising to work toward liberal goals, such as a higher minimum wage. She then challenged Cuomo for the Democratic line.
Previously, Cuomo’s campaign unsuccessfully challenged Teachout’s nominating petitions.