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July 17, 2014

By: Jerry H. Goldfeder

There is a lot of talk about whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will challenge the eligibility of his Democratic Party primary opponent, Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout. Scouring through designating petitions to identify grounds for knocking an opponent off the ballot is fair game and common practice in New York. According to the New York City Bar Association, our state has the dubious distinction of being home to more election law litigation than any other in the nation. In fact, when the governor's father was first running for re-election in 1986, he dispatched a virtual army of volunteers to successfully knock lieutenant governor candidate Abe Hirschfeld off the ballot, enabling his chosen running mate Stan Lundine to run unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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