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Assemblyman Vito Lopez represents Brooklyn, but for at least five years during his tenure, he admitted that he actually lived in Queens — an apparent violation of state law.

This bombshell revelation comes courtesy of a $70,000 mortgage that Lopez (D–Williamsbu­rg) and longtime girlfriend, City Planning Commissioner Angela Battaglia, took out in 1997 to buy a summer hideaway on Long Island’s tony North Fork.

On the notarized document, Lopez indicated that his primary home address was on 71st Avenue in Glendale, Queens — outside the lawmaker’s Williamsburg-Bushwick district.

State law requires public officials to live within the districts they represent — and it’s a felony to do otherwise. But few cases regarding a lawmaker’s residency have ever been prosecuted because the cases can be difficult to prove.

It is also illegal to vote outside of your assigned polling station. Yet during the time that Lopez was telling Suffolk County record-keepers that he lived in Queens, the Assemblyman voted at a polling station in Williamsburg, Board of Elections officials confirmed this week. He was registered to vote at a Conselyea Street address during that period.

Lopez’s documented sojourn in Queens officially ended in 2002, when he and Battaglia amended the Long Island deed to list their permanent address as 64 Conselyea St. — the location inside Lopez’s district.

Lopez now says he lives in an apartment on Stanhope Street in Bushwick. But he continues to spend much of his time with Battaglia in the Queens condo. Two weeks ago, he said that he has been shuttling between Battaglia’s residence and his two daughters’ homes outside the city while undergoing cancer treatments.

Lopez has been dogged by questions about his residency for the past two months.

In October, a team of Daily News reporters stalked Lopez and Battaglia outside the Queens condo for four days, finding that Lopez parked his car in a reserved spot, arriving there with his girlfriend and staying overnight.

The New York Post also questioned where Lopez lived in 2005, following a complaint that Lopez’s Conselyea Street house was a fake address.

On Wednesday night, Lopez’s chief of staff, Debra Feinberg, got back to us and said in a statement that “Assemblyman Lopez has never lived in Queens. His addresses were 64 Conselyea St. and now 411 Stanhope St.”

Updated 5:21 pm, July 9, 2018: Now includes comment from Lopez's chief of staff.
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Park Slope says:
I’m sorry, I feel like chiming in here because this is just unfair. You don’t believe that a mistake was made (and corrected with the noted amendment) on a thirteen year old property document related to a North Fork vacation cottage that they admit to owning, but last year, when you were presented with evidence that Diana Reyna lived in a condo in Queens outside her district, and that she had actually signed all the documents (deed, mortgage, etc) related to that condo in 2005 by listing the Queens address as HER primary residence, you didn’t follow through with the issue at all.

In fact, a very simple search of the NYC Dept of Finance ACRIS search engine shows that Councilmember Reyna and her husband bought a condo well outside her district in Glendale at 76-18 69th Place in Queens.

Anyone can see these documents by going to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/jump/acris.shtml, then going to Begin Using ACRIS in the center. On the next page hit Search Property Records, then Search Party Name.

Instead of reporting on this issue, Aaron simply relayed on his personal blog what he was told by Reyna’s staff, that this was an investment property. But it strains reason to think that a public servant could buy a $440,000.00 condo and leave it vacant for five years. Are there tenants living in the condo? Has Aaron gone there and asked neighbors what they see?

Obviously there is a double standard here. The truth is that Aaron and the Brooklyn Paper does Reyna’s and Nydia Velasquez’s dirty work, and won’t report fairly on this or any other issue. As someone that works in Bushwick and has seen the good that Lopez and RBSCC have done, I believe that your bias will only hurt the poor and working class residents of that community. You all should stick to reporting on restaurants and bars, it’s what you can handle.
Nov. 18, 2010, 7:01 am
Nast says:
Aaron, give it a break already. Even I am tired of this Vito nonsense. You are beating a dead horse. Any other news going on in North Brooklyn?
Nov. 18, 2010, 7:38 am
jimmy from queens says:
Ask anyone who lived near john gotti and they'll tell you about all the good he did for the community.
Nov. 18, 2010, 9:22 am
Sam from Williamsburg says:
I agree. All this Vito bashing isn't going to ever do anything. Its bread and circus in Bushwick...
Nov. 18, 2010, 1:17 pm
Ben from Bushwick says:
Aaron keep up your good work, its about time Lopez should step down damage is done..

he is a cancer for the community and all of us,
Nov. 18, 2010, 1:39 pm
Miguel from Williamsburg says:
Vito acknowledged living outside of his district. That is illegal. That matters.

The Brooklyn Paper should be commended for continuing to pursue investigative journalism.
Nov. 18, 2010, 3 pm
Tony Mumbles from Dyker Heights says:
I second that Miguel. Keep going after this guy. This piece ain't got no news though. Dawn Sandow admitted to not living in her district, and they promoted her to Executive Director of the Board of Elections. Not living in your district is like filching a beer from a bodega.

Boss Vito is kind of like an embarrassing Brooklyn Democratic foil of Jay Savino. Now there's a politician. You got Vito allegedly hiring poll workers to secure votes. You got Savino allegedly hiring the Tanglewood Boys to take over the board of elections and filch $40M from the city. You got the Brooklyn Paper investigating Vito. And you got the FBI serving subpoenas to Savino and everyone in his crew.

But keep at it. Just remember, there are only two scarlet letters in a Puritan country: prostitutes and drugs. You keep your pants on and your nose clean and you can get away with murder. Literally.
Nov. 18, 2010, 3:58 pm
Mike from Park Slope says:
Just based on this article, it seems obvious that a mistake was made on the initial form and later corrected.

So, how about that article about where Reyna lives?
Nov. 18, 2010, 6:40 pm
anonymous says:
b.f.d.
Nov. 19, 2010, 4:10 pm
Moshe Aron Kestenbaum from Williamsburg says:
Vito is all over the place ,in my pocket , in your pocket , just not where he is supposed to be
Nov. 22, 2010, 7:39 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
"Just based on this article, it seems obvious that a mistake was made on the initial form and later corrected."

Mistake, huh? How do you not know what your correct and legal address is until five years later? Because somebody was liable to report the discrepancy to the authorities? So, that means he's also guilty of obtaining a loan under fraudulent means by providing false information on a legal document. Par for the course for Don Vito. I can't wait for the miniseries on HBO, with Danny Aiello playing him.

Lay off the artisanal beers, Mike from Park Slope. You ain't thinkin' so good.
Nov. 23, 2010, 7:59 pm
tom from glendale says:
vito commited a felony by lieing no mistake was made he got caught and now the ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS TO DO SOMETHING OR HE BETTER STEP DOWN FRIEND OR NO FRIEND ITS TIME.HE GETS OUR TAX MONEY TO GO TO THE CENTER IN BROOKLYN WHERE IS LIVE IN GIRLFRIEND IS IN CHARGE AND GAVE HERSELF A RAISE AND MADE 300THOUSAND DOLLARS LAST YEAR AND EVEN MORE THIS YEAR THATS OUR TAX MONEY THEY THINK THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT VITO THINKS HE UNTOUCHABLE BECAUSE HE GOT ALL THE JUDGES IN HIS POCKET TIMES UP LET THE INVESTAGATORS ASK PEOPLE IN QUEENS WHERE HE LIVES BECAUSE I LIVE IN THE CONDO AND VITO PARKS IN THE ASSIGNED SPOT FOR THE LAST FEW YEARSAND THE ONE BROOKLYN RESIENDINT WHERE HE SAID HE LIVED ALL OF SUDDEN THE LANDLORD THAT OWNS THE BUILDING GOT A JOB IN THE COURTS WITH FULL BENEFITS WAKE UP PEOPLE HE NOT ABOVE THE LAW
Nov. 6, 2011, 8:44 am

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