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Cuomo Leads Crowded Field in Attorney General Run Andrew M. Cuomo, a former U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary, is leading a six-candidate field for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, according to a Quinnipiac Institute poll released yesterday. Of 702 registered Democrats surveyed, 38 percent said they supported Mr. Cuomo, followed by former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, who polled at 25 percent. Twenty-six percent of those surveyed, however, said they are still undecided. Former Western District U.S. Attorney Denise O’Donnell received 3 percent, as did Sean Maloney, a former staff secretary in the Clinton administration. Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky got 2 percent and Charles King, also a former HUD official, 1 percent. The poll’s margin of error is 3.7 percent. Meanwhile, a Quinnipiac poll of both Republicans and Democrats showed that in head-to-head matchups with former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, the only declared GOP candidate in the race, Mr. Cuomo leads by a margin of 51 percent to 31 percent, while Mr. Green leads 47 percent to 31 percent. � Daniel Wise Mass. Court Finds Nonresident Gays Cannot Marry in State Same-sex couples from states where gay marriage is banned cannot legally marry in Massachusetts, that state’s highest court said yesterday in a ruling that has left the status of many unions in legal limbo. The Supreme Judicial Court, which in 2003 made Massachusetts the first state to legalize gay marriage, upheld a 1913 state law that forbids nonresidents from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would not be recognized in their home state. Eight gay couples from surrounding states, including one from New York, had challenged the law in a case watched closely across the country. Five of those eight couples actually received marriage licenses in Massachusetts before the governor ordered the 1913 law be enforced. In yesterday’s ruling, the court sent the cases involving couples from Rhode Island and New York back to a lower court, saying it was unclear whether those states prohibit same-sex marriage. New York’s top officials have said same-sex marriage is illegal in the state, although that interpretation of state law is being challenged. The Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments on the legality of same-sex marriage on May 31. � Associated Press Orange County Judge Joins Private Practice Orange County Court Judge Stewart A. Rosenwasser ( See Profile ), 53, who was defeated in a second bid for state Supreme Court justice last year, is leaving the bench and returning to private practice. Judge Rosenwasser was first elected in 1999 and designated an acting Supreme Court justice in 2002. In a press release, he said that when he took office, he “did not foresee the sacrifices my service would impose on my family.” Judge Rosenwasser earns $136,700 a year and has not had a raise since he took office. After his resignation becomes effective May 1, he will become a partner of Chester, N.Y., attorney Benjamin Ostrer, whose firm will be renamed to reflect Judge Rosenwasser’s participation. The firm also will open an office in Montgomery, N.Y., Judge Rosenwasser’s home. Mr. Ostrer said his new partner would direct the firm’s expanding matrimonial and personal injury practice.

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