LaValle foe thrown off the ballot

08/09/2010 12:00 AM |

Senate hopeful Regina Calcaterra lost her place on the November ballot
Monday, after a state Supreme Court judge ruled she did not meet
residency requirements.
The decision means Senator Ken LaValle
(R-Port Jefferson) will likely run unopposed by Democrats for a second
consecutive election. Ms. Calcaterra, an attorney from New Suffolk, said
Monday that she will appeal the decision.
At the heart of the case
was the question of whether a state legislative candidate must live in
New York for five consecutive years immediately prior to running for
office. Opponents of Ms. Calcaterra point out that she bought a home in
suburban Philadelphia and registered to vote there in 2004, then
switched her enrollment and driver’s license back to New York in 2007.
Calcaterra responds that during the period from 2004 to 2007 she
maintained a New York address, a rental apartment in Manhattan. She is a
partner in the New York-based law firm of Barrack, Rodos and Bacine and
during the time in question worked out of the firm’s Philadelphia
“I was born in Suffolk County, raised in Suffolk County, and I
pay property taxes in Suffolk County,” Ms. Calcaterra said in a
statement Monday. “The court has ample evidence that, even as I
temporarily owned a home in Pennsylvania, I lived in New York, paid
taxes here and represented a New York pension fund in a case that saved
New York taxpayers millions of dollars.”
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