Monday, August 11, 2014

Week ahead: A Teachout ruling, Marvin Maye hearing, and school district consultant’s report

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

A state judge may rule as early as today on whether Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout meets residency requirements to run for governor and can appear on the party’s September primary ballot.

Teachout is running a primary campaign against Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose reelection bid has the state party’s endorsement. Teachout and her supporters say Cuomo hasn’t acted aggressively enough on important progressive issues, including public financing of campaigns.

A small group of Cuomo backers, however, filed a lawsuit contesting Teachout’s residency. Under state law, people are eligible to serve as governor only if the state has been their primary residence for the previous five years.

In court hearings, Teachout testified that she moved to New York in 2009, the same year she started teaching at Fordham University’s law school. She said the state has been her primary residence since.

Her challengers have tried to make the case that New York hasn’t been her primary residence for at least some of the past five years. They’ve presented evidence ranging from tax forms and campaign finance records to the Vermont driver’s license she held until recently. They even presented playbills from Vermont productions in which she had a role, reported the New York Times.  — BY JEREMY MOULE

About a year ago, the Rochester school district hired a consulting firm to evaluate schools whose students are consistently doing poorly and recommend what the district might do with those schools. The school board will meet on Tuesday, August 12, to review the results of the evaluation.

The consultants have looked at two types of schools: “priority schools,” which the State Education Department says are in urgent need of an academic turnaround plan, and “focus schools,” which show signs that they’re in danger of becoming priority schools. Most city schools are on one of the SED’s lists.

The meeting will be held at the district’s central office, 131 West Broad Street, at 7 p.m. — BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO

The Rochester Zoning Board will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, to further deliberate the future of the church at 660-668 West Main Street. Developer Marvin Maye wants to tear down the church and build a food store, but neighbors oppose the idea and want the church preserved. The meeting will be held at City Hall, at 30 Church Street. — BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO

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