From the NY Post:
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has begun strictly enforcing residency requirements for all legislators -- and is promising to look into anyone who doesn't comply, The Post has learned.
Quinn last week sent every incoming and current member papers explaining that they are required by law to live in their districts on the date of election, and mandating they prove residency, citizenship and age before they are sworn in on Jan. 1, 2010.
"If a member does not comply, the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections will conduct a review of the matter. If the committee believes a council member-elect should not be seated or is not eligible, the committee will recommend any appropriate action to the full council," according to a copy of the council rules.
Members must submit five records from a list of 18 documents, including driver's licenses, bank statements, voter-registration forms and mortgage-payment notices.
An election-law expert said it would be difficult for her to refuse to swear in a new member if the full council voted in that member's favor, despite any controversy over residency.