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Ada Smith’s residence flap under state election probe

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The spokesman could not comment on the nature of the inquiry, but confirmed it was the result of a complaint from Douglas Greene, a former office manager the senator fired. The Daily News said Greene told the board Smith did not switch homes after her district was redrawn in 2002.Greene said Smith has remained in her Williamsburg apartment, the News reported, but paperwork filed with the city Board of Elections for November's race lists her home address as 146-17 119th Ave. in South Jamaica.Legislators are required to live in their districts, but it could not be determined what the punishment would be for any infraction of the rule. The spokesman for the state Board of Elections said in such cases his office provides a report of its findings to the person or people who filed the complaint. He did not know what normally happened from that point.The investigation is not the first controversy for Smith, who could not be reached for comment. The senator was reportedly booted from her leadership position in August in the Senate conference, a party caucus where Democratic legislators meet to discuss strategy. Before that, her former chief of staff, Wayne Mahlke, filed a human rights complaint against her, charging the senator wrongly fired him and made disparaging comments. Smith denied the allegations, saying she fired him because he was unproductive and disorganized.Earlier in 2004, she was convicted of disobeying a state trooper after driving past a security checkpoint in an Albany garage and yelling at the officer. And in another unusual incident, in 1998 Smith allegedly bit a police officer during a traffic dispute in Brooklyn.

Updated 10:25 am, October 12, 2011
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