Is Eric Adams even eligible to run for mayor?


The possibility raised by his Democratic rivals that Eric Adams, the president of the Brooklyn borough, lives in New Jersey and not Brooklyn, as he has maintained, raises the issue of whether he is legally the next New York City clerk. Qualified to be mayor.

It seems the law says: yes he can.

For one, even if he lives in New Jersey, state laws only state that he must live in New York City on election day in November, according to the state’s election board.

It is not disputed that Mr. Adams owns a multiunit townhouse on Lafayette Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, which he says is his primary residence; The focus of recent media interest is how many days and nights he spends there compared to his property in New Jersey.

The text of the state law governing residency states that “residence” means “the place to which a person holds a fixed, permanent and principal home and always intends to return to where he is temporarily situated.” is.” Election law experts said courts have generally been liberal in interpreting what residency means for candidates.

Courts generally allow candidates to have two residences, and can choose one as their “political home,” said Martin Connor, an election attorney who was a state senator for 30 years until 2008. .

Mr Connor said courts have at times allowed people to claim a place as their residence, even if they only stay two nights a week. He said Mr. Adams, who lives with his girlfriend in New Jersey, “doesn’t leave his Brooklyn residence.”

“Usually you’re fine if you’ve got an apartment, you’ve got a bed, you’ve got a refrigerator, especially if you own the building,” he said.

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