A judge has ruled that Republican state Senate candidate Peter Koo is ineligible to run in Queens this fall - jeopardizing his upstart challenge to Democratic state Sen. Toby Stavisky.
The misstep led the incumbent's camp to call Koo's run a "sham," while Koo's camp vowed to fight the "dirty trick."
Stavisky challenged Koo's residency in Queens Supreme Court, charging that Koo, a respected Flushing businessman, actually lives on Long Island.
Koo admitted he still owns a home in Port Washington, L.I., but said he has been living in a condo on 41st Ave. in Flushing since January 2007.
But Justice James Dollard tossed Koo off the ballot in the 16th Senate District because Koo was only able to prove only that he has lived there since April.
State law requires a Senate candidate to live in the county in which they are running for one year prior to the election - in Koo's case, this November.
Stavisky's camp was quick to declare victory yesterday.
"Peter Koo's candidacy is a sham," crowed Stavisky spokesman Joe Reubens.
Koo, who was cross-endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties, was appealing the decision yesterday, said spokesman Oliver Tan.
"This is just a dirty trick that the Stavisky campaign is playing," Tan said. "They want to take the vote away from the voters and put this election in the hands of the court."
Judge rules against GOP hopeful Koo in Senate bid; L.I. residency a no-no
Hey, look at it this way. This will energize Koo's base to propel him to victory in the next contest. It also shows you how very afraid Toby is of him.