Judge rules in Teachout’s favor


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout will remain on the ballot.

Teachout is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary, and a group of his supporters filed a lawsuit contesting her residency. State law says people are eligible to run for governor only if the state has been their primary residence for the past five years. Teachout moved to New York in 2009, when she took her job as a law professor at Fordham University.

Here’s Teachout’s statement on the decision:

“Today we beat the Governor and his old boys club in court. His two attempts to knock me off the ballot have failed – first by challenging my petition signatures, and second by challenging my residency. We won rounds 1 and 2. Now it's time for round 3: a debate. New York Democrats deserve a debate between Andrew Cuomo and myself about the issues that real New Yorkers care about: schools, fracking, corruption, and building a fair and strong economy.

“There wasn't supposed to be a primary in Andrew Cuomo's New York. Game on.”