Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Teachout’s Residency

Last week, an intermediate-level appeals court unanimously rejected the Cuomo campaign’s appeal of a trial court decision that keeps Zephyr Teachout on the ballot for next month’s Democratic primary.

The state constitution requires candidates for Governor to have lived in the state for at least five years.  Upholding the lower court’s decision from last week, the Appellate Division, Second Department found that the Cuomo campaign did not “establish by clear and convincing evidence that [Teachout] does not meet the residency requirements.”

Poll:  Governor Maintains Large Lead Over Challenger

Gov. Cuomo maintains a large lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, according to a new Siena poll released last week.  Gov. Cuomo leads Astorino by 32 points, down slightly from the last Siena poll from mid-July, which showed him leading by 37 points.

The poll of likely voters finds that 86% say that corruption in state government is a serious problem, but 67% are not familiar with the Moreland Commission or its anti-corruption work.

The poll also shows that Democratic State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli leads his GOP challenger Bob Antonacci by 34 points, and Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman leads his Republican challenger John Cahill by 22 points.