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16th A.D.: Candidate answers a residency query

New York's constitution requires that, to qualify for the State Legislature, a candidate must reside in the state for five years "immediately preceding his or her election." Five years ago, in November 2007, GOP Assembly candidate Richard Stiek voted in New Jersey, where he'd lived. But also that year, records show Stiek associated with his current residence in Port Washington, where he lives with his wife and from which he's voted since 2008.

When Newsday inquired last week -- given the state's mountain of residency quarrels in past races -- Stiek explained that he moved to the address in the latter part of 2007, thus meeting the requirement. Stiek is challenging Democratic Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) in the 16th District on Nov. 6, emphasizing tax and economic issues. She has not challenged his eligibility.

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