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December 04, 2016
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Cochecton election may turn on second home owners; court to rule on challenged voters

The court will decide if residents who own summer co-ops in the Lake Huntington Summer Community will have their votes counted in Sullivan County.

In the 2008 decision, the five-judge panel ruled unanimously that the second-home owners who owned homes in Delaware County but had primary homes in New York City were able to vote in Delaware County because they had “significant and genuine contact,” with the community, and “their intent” was more important than where they spent the most time.

It’s not clear how the lower court will rule in this case, but whatever the ruling, it is likely to be precedent-setting.