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New York City: council member to introduce residency requirement

The New York Sun reports: A City Council member from Queens, Tony Avella, is planning to introduce a bill requiring future council candidates to live in the district they are seeking to represent for at least one year prior to Election Day. He said the legislation is designed to prevent a repeat of the special election blunder in Brooklyn's District 40.

"Living in the district gives you a credible stake in what happens in that neighborhood, as well as knowing what the issues are," Mr. Avella said yesterday. "I truly believe that should be a requirement, and I don't think one year of residency is asking too much."

On Friday, Mayor Bloomberg called for a second special election in the central Brooklyn district after the winner of the first, Mathieu Eugene, refused to cooperate with a council investigation to determine if he was living in the district on Election Day, a requirement to hold office.

The first special election, held February 20, cost $380,470, and the second, scheduled for April 24, is expected to cost the same. Dr. Eugene said last week he is planning to run again. -- Council Candidates Could Face Yearlong Residency Minimum - March 13, 2007 - The New York Sun

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