Frontrunner for Silver’s Assembly Seat Ineligible to Run, Rivals Allege

Posted on: February 4th, 2016 at 9:27 am by

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Yuh-Line Niou and John Quinn of LES Dems, Photo: Facebook

The race for the hotly-contested Assembly seat left vacant by the disgraced former speaker, Sheldon Silver (convicted on federal corruption charges), is intensifying. Contenders and their respective bases are running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Now comes word that one of the frontrunners for the 65th Assembly District vacancy might not even be legally eligible for the position. Rivals allege that Yuh-Line Niou, currently an Assembly staffer, does not meet the State’s five-year residency requirement.

The New York Post has the scoop

Niou, chief of staff to Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim, came to New York from Seattle in 2010 to pursue a master’s degree through a National Urban Fellowship at Baruch College and lived briefly on Staten Island, sources said.

But sources said her fellowship also required her to be in Washington, D.C.,

Sources claim Niou did not establish a continuous residence in New York until December 2011.

Steiner said Niou also has political problems.

Niou voted for the first time in 2013, at age 30. Her records in Seattle/King County indicate that Niou never voted, Steiner said.

Democratic Party leaders will vote on Sunday to nominate their candidate, who will likely win the April 19 election; there is then another September primary in which the winner must defend the seat. Confused yet?

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