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BOE Investigating Harlem Politician Accused of Living Outside the District

By Gustavo Solis | September 6, 2017 8:43am
 A complaint submitted to the Board of Elections Tuesday Aug. 16, 2017 accuses District Leader Keith Lilly of not living in the district he represents.
A complaint submitted to the Board of Elections Tuesday Aug. 16, 2017 accuses District Leader Keith Lilly of not living in the district he represents.
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HARLEM — The Board of Elections is investigating claims that a district leader lives outside the district he represents.

The announcement of the investigation came Tuesday afternoon, after 68th Assembly District leader Gina Smith told BOE commissioners that Keith Lilly, who represents part of the 68th district, lives in the 70th.

"The address is not correct," Smith said under oath. 

Last month, Smith submitted a similar claim in writing, citing public records that link Lilly to a West 114th Street address. Tuesday's under-oath declaration was a necessary step for the Board of Elections to launch its investigation. 

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“The procedure is now that we do a bit of an investigation,” said BOE President Frederic Umane.

Lilly declined to be interviewed Tuesday afternoon.

He has previously refused to say whether he lives in West 114th Street, telling DNAinfo New York that he is registered to vote in the 68th Assembly District and that it is nobody's business where he sleeps at night.

"It's really nobody's business where I sleep," Lilly told DNAinfo on Aug. 17. "I could go to my girlfriend's or my wife's house. That's my personal business."